Are Raisins Good for You?
Hello there, Beautiful People!
Rumor has it raisins have gotten a bad rap. Have you been avoiding raisins due to a fear that they will ruin your weight or health goals? Well, I'm here to put an end to that thought! I actually recommend including these nutrient-dense gems into your diet. Below, I'll give you three good reasons to do so. And to answer the question above - YES, they are healthy!
Raisins, though they are often shunned because of their high naturally-occurring carbohydrate content, are actually full of good-for-you nutrients, including powerful antioxidants. And, if you're trying to lose weight - don't worry! Raisins, (which are actually dried grapes) can actually help you achieve your weight goal when they are included as part of an overall healthy diet.
Here are 3 Reasons to Eat Raisins:
1. Constipation be Gone
Constipation can definitely make you feel lousy, while driving up the scale for no good reason. Not to mention when you're backed up, all those toxins in your gut are being recirculated. A surefire way to alleviate this is by increasing your intake of foods that naturally contain a dose of dietary fiber (coupled with increased H2O intake). Guess what's high in fiber? Raisins! Raisins are a great way to keep your digestive tract moving waste products through your beautiful bod'. Try eating just a handful a day with some hot tea to get things moving.
2. Bye-bye Fluid Retention
If there's one thing that's incredibly frustrating, it's water weight gain! Whether you overdosed on sodium or didn't do anything different and are just in the throes of PMS, a handful of raisins can help de-bloat your body of excess fluid and puffiness. The reason? Raisins contain a solid amount of the mineral, potassium. And, potassium helps lessen the effects of water-retaining sodium. The Standard American Diet (SAD) offers a whole lot of sodium and a low amount of potassium. For a healthy heart, blood pressure, and fluid balance, it should be the other way around.
3. Weight Loss
If you're trying to lose or manage your weight, it can actually be beneficial to eat raisins. Given their fiber content, as mentioned in #1, raisins will fill your belly up and help you end up eating less throughout the day. Boom. Secondly, raisins will get rid of unhealthy and refined-sugar cravings. They truly are nature's candy. And, you only need a handful to get that sweet craving fixed. Because they are dried fruit, they are more concentrated. A little goes a long way! You don't need much to get an uber-satisfying snack. That's a good thing.
This way, you won't feel deprived of sweetness during your weight loss attempt. When you feel deprived, you feel batty and at some point, can't take it anymore, which leads to overeating. Why not grab a box or two of raisins and keep those cravings at bay? I think it's worth a shot - it works.
If you're concerned about overeating raisins (they are pretty damn tasty), buy pre-portioned boxes of raisins to bring with you to snack on at work or as a pre-workout snack!
Tip: With any dried fruit, check the ingredient list to ensure you avoid sulfites, which are a common preservative...the only ingredient listed should be "raisins."
Until next time...