I normally don't snack on raisins as I'd rather use the calories on something more enjoyable to me. But I've read recently that raisins are as good or better than some of the sports gels products that endurance athletes use for energy. They provide the same energy but have more nutritional value overall.
I have to tell you, yesterday I had my first box of raisins in I don't know how long, and they were just what I needed at the time. They were part of a goodie bag I received at a cycling event I participated in and I inhaled them when my ride was over. They've never tasted better!
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Sounds like everyone has the same info. I agree that rasins are definately a healthy snack but in moderation. However, they are high in sugar so if you're a diabetic or have a sugar restricted diet you should ask your doc. Rasins are also a good source of fiber.
Raisins are not considered a good snack by themselves if, like me, one is following a low glycemic diet, but I eat them in moderation with some protein so to me, they are an excellent snack. They have a lot of iron and satisfy my desire for sweets, but I limit how many I eat at one time.
Raisins are GREAT! The key is 'moderation'-1/4 cup is one serving-they ARE calorie dense, so don't go overboard-measure them out.
The good side--raisins are 70% fructose which IS sugar, but is a natural sugar which gets broken down quickly for a quick energy boost-which makes them a great snack for before a workout. Raisins are also excellent sources of fiber, antioxidants, iron, and potassium.
I've gotten conflicting reports and I'd like to know since I love them so much...are raisins not exactly healthy for intake? Or does it depend on the quantity that's consumed? Your input is appreciated.
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