Which is the sweetest and tastiest dry fruit you know about? Of course, this is raisins (raisins). This small, spongy dried fruit has been used since ages to sweeten our food and sweeten our sweets. But that’s not all that raisins do for us. You may not know this – raisins also include many nutrients in our diet. This is the reason why many people use raisins in place of sugar to quench their sweet craving. Whether you have it, or mix the nuts into trail mix, or add it to your salads and desserts, there is more benefit than you can expect. Want to know how raisins can boost your health? read on.
But before we unravel the various health benefits of raisins, here’s a matter of caution. We all know that raisins are high in natural sugars and fats, so it is advisable to consume them in moderation to get the most out of them.
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Here are some health benefits of raisins:
1. Boosts Immunity:
Raisins are rich in B vitamins and vitamin C, both of which are known to strengthen the immune system, preventing further infection and virus from taking hold.
2. Improves Sleep:
Raisins contain a hormone called melatonin, which is released by the brain to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. If you suffer from insomnia or have a light sleep, eating a handful of raisins before bed may help you catch some z’s.
3. Aids Digestion:
Since raisins are high in fiber, they can prevent and manage problems like constipation, acidity and bloating. So, consume these to give some relief to your digestive system.
4. Provides Good Amount of Potassium:
Raisins are known to be a good source of potassium, a nutrient known to balance the salt content in our body. It helps in controlling blood pressure and makes hypertension easier to manage.
Apart from these benefits, raisins can also be credited for boosting energy levels along with healthy fats. But, if you are on a weight loss diet and want to avoid excess fat, you can soak raisins in water overnight. Let us know some benefits of eating raisins soaked in water.
So, the next time your sweet tooth is making you swoon, say ‘no’ to refined sugar and add raisins to your meal so that you can address your craving.