The health and nutritional benefits of sun-dried raisins range from the classic nutrients — such as natural sugars and potassium — to newly discovered antioxidant factors, factors which have found an important place in medicine and nutrition only in the last twenty years.
1. Great Source of Energy. The natural sugars of raisins are a great source of energy and comes packaged together with fiber and other nutrients.
2. Potassium to Maintain Proper Blood Pressure. Many studies have shown the importance of diets with an adequate intake of potassium to help maintain normal blood pressure. Since raisins are high in potassium and low in sodium this makes them an ideal part of a heart healthy diet.
3. Fiber and Tartaric Acid for Digestive Health. The fiber in raisins, combined with other food from plants high in fiber, helps to regulate intestinal function and proper elimination. Raisins like grapes are one of the few fruits that contain a reasonable level of tartaric acid that works together with fiber to help proper elimination and help keep the colon healthy.
4. Antioxidants to Reduce Risk Care and Heart Disease. The phenolic compounds in raisins are powerful, protective antioxidants. These compounds are one of the reasons why fruits and vegetables are considered protective against heart disease and cancer, including quercetin, a powerful antioxidant.
5. Good for Weight Control and Heart Health. When hungry for a snack reach for a handy packet of raisins for a natural satisfying snack. In a recent weight loss class people found that a few raisins would satisfy their hunger and prevent overeating. Also, raisins have been successfully used as part of diets to lower blood cholesterol and prevent its damaging oxidation.
6. Healthy Snacking. Raisins as an after-school snack for children can reduce appetite and help maintain a healthy weight.
7. Raisins and Running Performance. Raisins offer similar performance benefits as sport chews for runners.
8. Raisins and Diabetes. Raisins have an equivalent glycemic response and lower plasma insulin response than an equivalent serving of bananas or grapes, making them an attractive choice for fruit consumption amont type 2 diabetics.
9. Raisins and Oral Health. Raisins can promote healthy teeth and gums.