Eating dry fruits is always fun because they are available throughout the year and you don’t need to spend time cooking them. They are handy and can be a good option for evening snack when you just need something to munch on. And raisins are an extremely delicious and widely popular variety of dry fruits. They are obtained by drying grapes either in the sun or in driers such that they turn golden, green or black in color. At first glance, raisins may be unpalatable to you because of their dark, wrinkly dried appearance. However, their appearance aside, raisins are actually considered nature’s healthy alternative to candies.
Raisins contain a great deal of vitamins and minerals and this makes their nutritional value high. The nutrients in 100 grams of raisins include:
- Energy: 229 kcal
- Sugar: 59g
- dietary fiber: 4g
- carbohydrates: 79g
- calcium: 50 mg
- Iron: 1.88 mg
- Proteins: 3g
- Potassium: 750mg of
- Sodium: 11mg
- Fat: 0.5g
Raisins are also called ‘little gems’ because of their numerous skin, hair and health benefits. A few of the best one’s are listed below:
- Aids Digestion:
Upon ingestion, fibers in raisins swell as they absorb water, thus promoting a laxative effect and thereby relieving constipation. Regular intake of raisins helps in maintaining regular bowel movement, with the fibers sweeping away the toxins and waste materials from the gastrointestinal tract.
- Kidney & Lever Health:
It is a well known fact that foods rich in potassium will prevent both kidney stones from forming as well as prevent them from recurring. Raisins are rich in potassium and consuming them regularly will help to prevent kidney stones. This is the reason why eating raisins for kidney stones are recommended.
- Healthy Bones:
Raisins are a rich source of calcium, which is necessary to strengthen bones and teeth. A micronutrient that is abundant in raisins–boron–aids in calcium absorption and bone formation. If you are a postmenopausal woman, raisins are a good snack for you because the calcium and boron present in them help prevent the development of osteoporosis.
- Sexual Problems:
Raisins are also recommended for sexual disorders such as problem with one’s libido. Eating raisins for libido problems will help as they contain Arginine which is a kind of amino acid. Arginine helps to increase the libido as well as treating erection problems in men. Raisins are also a good source of energy which helps to treat other sexual problems as well. Raisins also help to improve sexual weakness.
- Energy Booster:
Being loaded with carbs, particularly natural sugars like fructose and glucose, raisins are a good source of energy. They facilitate efficient absorption of vitamins, proteins and other nutrients in the body. They are often consumed by body builders and athletes to provide a quick boost of energy.
- Healthy Heart:
Regular consumption of raisins provides protection against heart disease. By lowering cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels, raisins improve the overall condition of your heart, thus lowering the risk of strokes, hypertension and heart attack.
- Clear Skin:
Being loaded with antioxidants, raisins help to maintain healthy and glowing skin. They contain resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that slows down the ageing of the skin cells. Raisins purify your blood by eliminating toxic and black cells; and improve the formation of red blood cells by supplying oxygen to your skin. These blood purifying properties of raisins make your skin clear, radiant, nourished, and beautiful.
Arthritis is caused because of acidic blood. Raisins contain a large amount of alkaline which helps to neutralize acids that are present in the body. Raisins for arthritis treatment are recommended as it is an effective cure for acidosis. Raisins also contain magnesium and potassium which help to reduce acidity.
- 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.
- Protects Eyes:
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.
These were the best advantages of including raisins in your diet. Apart from this, it also aids in weight loss if properly followed by regular exercise, fights infections, boosts immunity, fights hair fall, fights various cancer causing agents and maintains a good health throughout. So, what are you still waiting for? Go, grab a packet of raisins now and include it in your diet as and how so ever you like. Keep eating and keep commenting. I am open to any of suggestions, complaints and comments.
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