Nutrition and DietRaisins: benefits and properties

Raisins: benefits and properties

Raisins (popularly known as raisins or raisins) have important properties and health benefits. Find out why.

Within the calories of nuts themselvesraisins are some of the nuts with the lowest number of calories, despite having a higher proportion of carbohydrates. They are popularly known by the name of raisins, although they usually tend to be more named and known as raisins or simply as raisins, which we can find in many supermarkets and nutrition stores.

As their name indicates, they come to be “old grapes”, having been subjected to drying and dehydration processes, since they are left to dry until -finally- it remains a sweet fruit with a very characteristic dark color. And for this reason they become a food very rich in carbohydrates, hence they are considered as a food with a great energy power quite similar to that provided by dried figs.

Although it is true that it is a dried fruit in itself, it should not be forgotten that it could also fall within the name of fruit itself, since it preserves even most of the benefits of grapes.

Properties of the most important raisins

They help eliminate accumulated toxins in the body

Raisins are ideal for purifying our body, so it is a very interesting natural food when it comes to eliminating the different toxins accumulated in our body. It can be said that it is ideal when it comes to helping both the liver and the kidneys carry out this important function. In this sense, its high fiber content stands out above all.

It also stands out for its high content of potassium, an essential mineral for the proper functioning of our body, as well as being an excellent cleanser by helping us eliminate fluids from the body.

They help to enjoy good intestinal health

Raisins are very rich in fiber, so they are excellent when it comes to enjoying optimal intestinal health. To enjoy this quality it is advisable to eat raisins on an empty stomach, since in this way we can improve and regulate our intestinal transit, so they are also interesting in case of constipation.

We must bear in mind that, in case of constipation, we will be able to increase this quality if we eat them accompanied with natural yogurt.

High content of natural antioxidants

They are also a good source of antioxidants, thanks to their high content of bioflavonoids, which protect cells and help prolong their youth for a longer time. These antioxidants protect our cells from the negative action of free radicals, so a regular consumption of raisins is an excellent option when it comes to preventing the onset of serious or chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases or Cancer.

Excellent source of energy

As we explained at the beginning, raisins stand out for their high carbohydrate content.  This means that they are a great source of energy, being ideal for athletes and people who maintain a high activity (such as students, for example).

How to eat them to enjoy their benefits?

When it comes to enjoying the benefits of the most important raisins, there are two equally valid delicious options:

  • Soaking: just heat a glass of water in a saucepan and add half a cup of raisins. Then let it soak for 15 minutes. Now clean the raisins with clean and cold water, put a cup of water back in a saucepan and let it boil. When it starts to boil add the raisins and leave to soak for 24 hours. They are ideal for eating on an empty stomach.
  • Raw: they are another simple option and above all much faster than the previous one.  It consists of eating a handful of raisins whenever we feel like it. They are delicious and ideal accompanied with yogurt, oatmeal or vegetable milks.

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