Raisins are a fantastic source of certain nutrients, but should be eaten in moderation as they are high in calories and sugar.
Time to stop picking them out of your cereal! Raisins are a great addition to any diet, and can benefit you in many ways.
One thing that makes raisins so good for you are their dietary fiber content, as one cup can have as much as 6 grams. Dietary fiber helps to manage blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and to keep you regular thanks to the prebiotics that promote good bacteria growth in the colon. Raisins also contain phytochemicals that prevent the growth of certain oral bacteria, thereby reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease. Though the underlying relation is not fully known, preventing gum disease can, in turn, help prevent heart disease as well.
Not only can raisins save your heart, they can also save your sex life. Raisins have been indicated in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, specifically black raisins when boiled in milk. Due to its arginine content, this mixture has been used to increase sperm motility, libido, and overall sexual endurance.
While this may have you running to the nearest store, you should know that raisins have a high amount of calories and sugar. One serving of 1/4 cup has 130 calories and 29 grams of sugar. If you're watching your waistline you should eat them in moderation, especially if they are coated in dextrose or rice flour. This is usually only the case when they are in cereal or trail mix, but take heed if you're concerned about those extra calories.
Possible short-term side effects
- increased blood sugar
- nausea if overconsumed
Possible long-term side effects
- weight gain
Ingredients to be aware of
- promotes regularity
- treats sexual dysfunction
- helps prevent gum disease
- decreases risk of heart disease
- helps regulate blood sugar
- promotes bone formation
- promotes calcium absorption
- fresh grapes
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Written by Lindsay | 12-29-2015
Written by Lindsay
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