Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Raisins: Super Food!

For years I have thought that raisins were just to darn sweet to be good for you. How could anything with that much sugar be good for you? Right?

Well after doing some research, it turns out that raisins are extremely healthful. Due to that sugar content they have to be eaten in moderation if you are watching your weight. But with that sugar comes a lot of things that are very very good for you.

First off, raisins are a great source of natural energy. They provide complex carbs to burn. So if you are active they are an excellent snack for maintaining your energy levels throughout your activities.

Another benefit of raisins is that they are high in antioxidants. They are thought to be good sources of calcium as well. This means they can help prevent cancer (especially colon). They also have benefits for your eyes, bones, and teeth.

Raisins are great for remaining regular. Because of this they can help promote weight loss if eaten in moderation. Also the fiber content is such that colon health can benefit from a serving (or two!) of raisins a day.

So enjoy raisins as a snack. Add them to cereal and oatmeal. Get them into your diet. After all, most of us could stand to increase our vegetable and fruit intake!

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