Raisins - Far more than a dried grape.

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 grapes."

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.

Health Benefits

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.

 

 
   
   
 
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