Health Benefits of Raisins
Like grapes, raisins contain polyphenol resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that studies suggest is associated with heart health, and reduced risks of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. There are even studies which show that resveratrol may slow the aging process by influencing gene expression!
Raisins are also rich in catechins, antioxidants that have been shown to fight tumors, enhance the immune system, and inhibit production of disease-promoting inflammatory compounds. According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, catechins may also improve cognitive function.
The potassium and magnesium content in raisins helps to reduce acidity and remove toxins from the body that may contribute to the development of arthritis and gout.
They are a great source of dietary fiber and are often recommended to promote bowel regularity.
Raisins are one of the few plant-based foods rich in iron making them a great snack for those choosing to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Raisins make an excellent pre-workout snack as they are high in carbohydrates, specifically a high content of natural sugars that can boost energy levels.
Fun Fact: It takes four tons of grapes to make only one ton of raisins!