From pasta and cheese to mayo and beer, ivillage.com asked nutrition experts to share what some may consider as unhealthy foods that may actually be better for the body than we realize. Read on for the good news from www.ivillage.com/foods-a
Many people avoid dried fruits thinking they’re loaded with sugar, but raisins actually offer some pretty healthy benefits, says Sass. “Raisins are simply dried grapes (most canisters contain no added sugar or other ingredients) and we’ve all heard about the health benefits of red grapes, which contain antioxidants called phenols that protect us from aging and disease. Raisins are also a natural source of inulin, a fiber-like carbohydrate that functions as a prebiotic, a substance that helps support the growth of probiotics, the good bacteria that boost immunity and are linked to a reduced risk of obesity.” Just avoid loading up on their concentrated calories by watching your portion size, suggests Sass. Think of it this way -- one cup of raisins is like eating four cups of grapes, which is overkill, so stick with a ¼ cup portion, she says.
Some interesting trivia about raisins from www.foodreference.com/ht
- Half of the world's supply of raisins are grown in California.
- California discovered the commercial potential of raisins quite by accident. In 1873, a freak hot spell withered the grapes on the vine. One enterprising San Francisco grocer advertised these shriveled grapes as "Peruvian Delicacies" and the rest is history. California is now the world's leading producer of raisins.
- It takes more than 4 tons of grapes to produce 1 ton of raisins.
- The finest raisins come from Malaga in Spain.
- Golden raisins are made by treating the raisins with a lye solution, sometimes with lye and then burning sulfur, and sometimes with sulfur dioxide.
- Fresno, California is the Raisin Capital of the World.
- Raisin - comes from the Latin racemus and means "a cluster of grapes or berries".
- The California Dancing Raisin was introduced in 1984 by the California Raisin Industry marketing staff to increase awareness and demand for California raisins.
Anyone remember The California Raisins commercials in the '80's? They sure were some cool dudes - check them out here.
Luv 'em and I've still got mine (8) sitting on a shelf of one of my bookcases LOL!!
"And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water; / And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights." ~ 1 Samuel 30: 11 & 12