Everyone knows them from the past, the small boxes with raisins. The delicious sweet ‘candies’ and a healthy snack. The raisin gets its name from the word raisin in French which means grape. In France they call raisins, dry grapes, ‘raisin sec’. So a raisin is just a dried grape. Drying is done to keep the grape longer.
Important nutrients in raisins
Raisins are no more than dried grapes, and are known to be high in sugars and calories. However, raisins are also rich in vitamins, especially vitamins A, B but also vitamin C and a number of indispensable minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Raisins are also full of boron.
Why are raisins brain food?
The boron in raisins is good for your bones and muscles, but also helps you to concentrate. Raisins are high in fiber and they stimulate digestion and help with food intake.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) in raisins ensures that food is converted into energy within the organism, so that the brain can absorb glucose. Thiamine deficiency can lead to depression, fatigue, loss of attention, memory problems and mental agility.
What else are raisins good for?
Due to their high dose of vitamin C, raisins contribute to increasing your natural resistance so that you are more resistant to all kinds of pathogenic bacteria and viruses.
In addition to vitamins and minerals, raisins are also rich in sugars, but especially slow sugars that give you extra energy. Despite their high concentration of sugars and calories, raisins remain healthy, they are therefore the favorite snack of (top) athletes, so also for children a healthy snack or delicious in yogurt.
The skin of the grapes also contains anti-oxidants, in the blue grape more than in the green grape. Anti-oxidants are healthy and have a positive effect on blood circulation and help protect the body.
It may sound a little weird, but raisins are healthy for your teeth, despite all the sugars. These sugars are of good quality. It turns out that there are five bactericidal ingredients in raisins. In other words, components that inhibit the growth of various oral bacteria. This prevents tooth decay.
Raisins as a healthy snack or breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. Start the day with yogurt with apple and raisins. The apple and raisins make the yogurt nice and sweet, a delicious breakfast for children