Just How Healthy And Fattening Are Raisins?
Raisins are excellent for your health, but regardless of whether you just snack on them, or use them as ingredients in recipes, be aware that they contain a high concentration of natural sugars, and therefore calories.
But if you limit the portion size, then raisins and sultanas can be a flavorful and satisfying addition to most diets.
How Are Raisins Produced?
Probably the best raisins are produced by drying grapes naturally in the sun, although a great many manufacturers now use mechanical drying devices with good results.
It’s important that whatever drying system is used that raisins and sultanas are properly washed and sterilized before selling them to wholesalers.
And the manufacturing process is expensive!
This factory in Afghanistan cost around $5 million to set up.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Raisins?
Anemia And Healing
They are rich in iron and copper, both of which are necessary in the formation of red blood cells.
They also help to correct iron deficiency anemia and also promote blood clotting during wound healing.
Raisins Aid Digestion
Upon ingestion, fibers in raisins swell as they absorb water, thus promoting a laxative effect thereby relieving constipation.
A regular intake of raisins helps in maintaining regular bowel movement, with the fibers sweeping away the toxins and waste materials from the gastrointestinal tract.
They Enhance Bone Health
Raisins are a rich source of calcium, which is necessity for our bones and teeth.
Born is a micro-nutrient that is abundant in raisins and it aids in calcium absorption and bone formation.
And they are excellent for post-menopausal women, because the calcium and boron present in them helps prevent the development of osteoporosis.
Raisins Boost Energy
If you engage in any serious sport, are an athlete or a bodybuilder who needs a good source of energy and something to bulk up your body to a certain weight, then raisins are good for you because they are loaded with sugars, specifically fructose and glucose.
Raisins Aid Oral Health
Unlike candies, raisins contain oleanolic acid, which provides protection against cavities and tooth decay, and prevents the growth of harmful bacteria that can cause gingivitis and other periodontal diseases.
Body Acidity Reduction
The potassium and magnesium in raisins helps reduce acidity and remove toxins from the body, which can cause diseases such as arthritis, gout, kidney stones and heart disease.
Raisins Are Useful In The Treatment Of Infections
Raisins contain substances called polyphenolic phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
These polyphenols have been found to lower fevers by killing the bacteria that causes existing infections.
And They’re Good For Your Eyes Too
The polyphenolic phytonutrients in raisins also possess antioxidant properties that protect the eyes from harmful free radicals that may cause the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, blindness and other visual disorders.
The polyphenolic antioxidant in raisins, known as catechin, helps provide protection against free radicals, which causes the development of tumors, specifically colon cancer.
An amino acid in raisins called arginine helps to arouse the libido.
But Just How Fattening Are Raisins?
A 1/4-cup serving contains approximately 29 g of carbohydrates and 21 g of sugar.
And a small, 1.5-oz. snack-size box of contains 34 g of carbohydrates and 25 g of sugar.
Raisins are an energy-dense food, which means they contain a high number of calories in a small amount of food.
A 1/4-cup serving of regular or golden raisins contains approximately 130 calories.
So maybe consider sprinkling just 1 tbs. into a cup of nonfat yogurt, a bowl of low-sugar cereal or on top of a small salad which will greatly cut down on the carbs and calories.
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