Even the healthiest of eaters don’t always get everything they need from their regular diet. The human body needs all sorts of vitamins and minerals, not to mention carbohydrates, antioxidants, protein … the list goes on and on!
There’s a great little snack that packs a powerful punch, but its health benefits often get overlooked. What snack might that be? Raisins!
We’re going to go over some of the awesome health benefits of raisins. Read on! You might just be surprised!
According to the national Dietary Guidelines in America, it’s best to eat about 2 cups of fruit every day.
Fruit juices can count towards this daily intake, but you may want to be careful about the types of fruit juice you drink! Many juices contain added sugars and should be considered sugary beverages, rather than a healthy substitute for fruit.
Dried fruit without artificial sweeteners, however, is a really great way to meet your daily fruit intake! In fact, just 1/2 cup of dried fruit equates to a full cup of fresh fruit!
Raisins are a great source of nutrients you will find in most fresh fruits. Plus, there are tons of delicious recipes you can make with raisins that will have you and your kids saying, “Yum!”
Raisins are packed with fiber and antioxidants. What that means is that they can do wonders for your tummy!
Fiber is a key component of healthy, regular digestion. Having some issues in the bathroom? 1/2 a cup of raisins has about 10-24% of your daily fiber requirement. Adding raisins to your regular diet can keep you, well, regular!
The antioxidants in raisins can help flush out any toxins and free radicals in your system. We tend to associate free radicals with things like tobacco smoke and radiation, but they’re also produced when your body breaks down food. That means that everyone could stand to have some extra antioxidants!
Those are some pretty heavy hitters, right? That’s because raisins are high in iron, and iron has a lot of work to do!
Iron’s biggest job is supplying red blood cells with hemoglobin, which supply oxygen to your body. Do you ever find yourself feeling lightheaded or dizzy? You may be low on iron, and raisins nutrients can help you get back to a higher iron level!
Plus, iron has a hand in your immune system and your metabolism, which means that raisins can help you fight off illnesses and burn more calories.
Want to get the most iron out of your daily dose of raisins? Try taking them with foods rich in Vitamin C!
Tired of your dentist telling you that you need to have cavities filled or extra work done on your gums? Eat raisins!
One of the many benefits of raisins is the ability to battle bacteria in the mouth! They’re rich in phytochemicals such as oleanolic acid and linoleic acid. We might not know how to pronounce those words, but we know that we love a healthy smile!
In this day and age, we tend to see a lot of information about why carbs are bad for you. The fact is, we need carbohydrates to fuel our bodies!
Of course, there are bad carbs out there. Refined foods and starches, for example, are not your body’s best friend.
Raisins are rich with good carbs, the kind that won’t tip the scale and will keep you moving and grooving all day long! Whether you’re hitting the gym or on your feet running errands, a handful of raisins can work wonders to boost your energy.
We all know we need protein to stay healthy, but it’s pretty impressive just how much a protein does for us!
Protein makes our hair healthier and our nails stronger. It builds and repairs tissues, strengthens cartilage, and helps produce hormones, enzymes, and other important body chemicals. Basically, protein makes your whole body stronger!
Raisins are rich in vitamins and minerals, which help your body to absorb the protein it needs. That means that raisins are the perfect companion to healthy, high-protein snacks like nuts!
Raisins are a good source of potassium, which means they can help regulate your heartbeat and even lower your blood pressure.
Of course, if you have serious blood pressure problems, raisins alone won’t do the trick. If your problems are mild or are already being somewhat regulated with prescribed medication, raisins can be a great little helper!
To get the most blood pressure help out of raisins, try snacking on a handful three times a day.
As you can see, there are tons of health benefits when it comes to eating raisins! Good digestion, shiny hair, boosted immune system, and more? Sign us up!
Admittedly, raisins (like all dried fruits) have a fairly high concentration of sugar per serving. This isn’t such a bad thing, as long as you think about portion control and what your body needs! After all, every body is different!
If you’re worried that you’re gonna binge away on these tasty little treats, we’ve got you covered. All of our raisins come in 1.5 oz cartons. With each individual box, you get a full serving of fruit without loading up too much on sugar!
Plus, with fun flavors like Watermelon Shock and Orange Burst, you and the kiddos will be certain you’re eating candy — but there are no artificial sweeteners and tons of health benefits!
Not sure which flavor to try first? Try out one of our variety packs! For more information on the wonderful world of raisins and updates on our products, drop your email at the top of the page. We’d love to keep in touch!