Raisins - Far more than a
The word raisin dates back to Middle English and is a
loanword from Old French; raisin means "grape," while,
in French, a dried grape is referred to as a raisin sec,
or "dry grape." The Old French word in turn was
developed from the Latin word racemus, "a bunch of
Due to the high sugar content in raisins, they don't
need preservatives to keep them fresh. Also, raisins
will keep their flavor, color and nutritional value for
up to 15 months when stored between 40-50 degrees
Fahrenheit. Store your raisins in an airtight container
to keep them fresh, soft and free from humidity that can
cause the fruit sugar to crystallize on the raisins'
skin. Also, store your raisins away from brick and
concrete walls where they can absorb moisture.
Raisins are nature's original candy - and one of the
world's most nutritious dried fruits.
* Constipation: When ingested, raisins swell as the
fiber present in them in dried form absorbs water. This
helps giving relief in constipation.
* Weight Gain: Raisins, like all dry fruits, are very
good for gaining weight, as they are full of fructose
and glucose and give a lot of energy. This is further
boosted due to presence of many vitamins, amino acids
and minerals which facilitate absorption of other
nutrients and proteins in the body.
* Eye Care: Raisins contain polyphenolic phytonutrients
which have anti oxidant properties which are very good
for ocular health, as they protect eyes from damages
caused by free radicals (oxidants), such as macular
degeneration, age related weakening of vision, cataract
etc. In addition, raisins contain very good amount of
vitamin-A, beta carotene and carotenoid, all of which
are essential for a good ocular health.
* Dental Care: Oleanolic Acid, one of the phytochemicals
present in raisins, plays a crucial role in protecting
teeth against tooth decay, cavities, brittleness of
teeth etc. It effectively prevents growth of
Streptococcus Mutans and Porphyromonas Gingivalis, two
of the species of bacteria which are most responsible
for cavities and other dental problems.