Well Being

Are Raisins Healthy? Better Than A Processed Snack, So Eat Them On National Raisin Day!

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I know lots of people don't dig them, but I happen to love raisins. All the better for me, too, because today is National Raisin Day! Read more for research into raisins' nutritional benefits, raisin recipes and yes, even a raisin song.

So what's the deal with raisins, nutritionally? They often get a bad rap because, although they're marketed as a health food, they have a relatively high amount of sugar, carbs, and calories (Although no, they are not “evil.”)

According to WHFoods.com, 1/4 cup of raisins contains:

  • 108 calories
  • 1.11 grams of protein
  • 28,7 grams of carbohydrates
  • 1.34 grams of fiber
  • 21.46 grams of sugar
  • 0. 17 grams of fat

So, as you can see, raisins aren't necessarily the healthiest fruit to eat in terms of sugar or carbohydrates, but I still think they're a good snack, better than a 100 calorie pack of cookies, crackers or some other processed food. Raisins are high in phenols, which makes them a good choice as an antioxidant fruit. They also contain significant amounts of a nutrient called boron, which is good for bone health.

If you'd like to cook up something with raisins today, try one of these delicious-looking recipes:

Or you could always spend National Raisin Day raisin' the roof (Yes, I went there) with this throwback video:

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