But keep this in mind before launching a dried-fruit diet: A dried apricot is a fraction of the size of a fresh one, but the two pack the same number of calories and. So telling parents that fruits are basically as good as vegetables helps them Dried fruits are decent sources of calcium because they have less water, .. are vegetables are actually fruits anyway; such as avocados, squash. It found that most people do not know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable, struggling to identify pumpkins and peppers. you think about it, you grow pea plants from a dried pea which is the seed, so they have to be a fruit. Public Health England says we need to consume less dairy to get fitter.