Raisins are just the dried grapes, and although they are often included in the nuts, however they belong to the fruit category. A random test of some dried grapes in the vineyards was the occasion to write the enormous history of Corinthian raisins.
Raisins have a high nutritional value for athletes, and are an effective treatment for anemia, constipation and weight gain. They have antioxidant properties and destroy free radicals. They are considered to be one of the most nutritious foods, as they contain antioxidants, fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A, B complex vitamins and iron. Raisins have antiallergic properties and strong anti-cancer, antimicrobial and antibacterial action, while helping to control blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Used as an ingredient in many dishes and desserts, they give instant energy and stimulation for it and are a nice snack especially for athletes.
This “black gold”, therefore, encloses in its small size a valuable combination of nutrients beneficial to everyday health:
- It is rich in fiber, as it is consumed with the peel.
- It has high carbohydrate content, mainly fructose, making raisins a food with a reduced glycemic index.
- It concentrates significant amounts of vitamins and minerals, mainly iron, potassium and calcium
- It has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anti-cancer effects.
- At the same time, it is low in fat and cholesterol.