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Are Raisins Bad For You?

Also Known As: dried grapes



Short answer

Raisins are a fantastic source of certain nutrients, but should be eaten in moderation as they are high in calories and sugar.



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Long answer

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

Healthier alternatives

  • fresh grapes

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Sun-Maid Organic Raisins

  • Natural sweetener
  • Organic dried fruit
  • Convenient resealable bag
  • No added sugars
  • Great for snacks
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Written by Lindsay
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Lindsay
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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