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Why Raisins Should Be Children's Best Friend.

Updated on September 8, 2014

Raisins Go Everywhere You Do.

I know from experience being a parent and a grandparent. we give our kids way to much junk food. It seems easier to give them chips or candy, rather than give them something healthy, like raisins which are great on the go snacks. You can take raisins everywhere, and raisins are not to messy to eat, just a bit sticky.

So lets talk about raisins. All the health experts will tell you to add more fruit to your diet, as it's a healthy way to improve your life. Raisins are fat free and cholesterol free, and raisins are 100% natural and they have no preservatives. One handful of raisins equal a complete serving of fruit, and raisins are made from grapes. Not only can you eat raisins on the go, you can add them to yogurt, cereal, cakes, cookies, breads , muffins and even salads.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving size 1/4 cup ( 4og)

Calories 130 and from fat 0

Total Fat og 0%

Saturated Fat og 0%

Trans Fat og

Cholesterol omg ) 0%

Sodium 10mg

Potassium 310mg

Total Carbohydrates 31g

Dietary Fiber 2g

Sugar 29 g

Protein 1 g

Raisins should be refrigerated after opening, and is the best way to keep raisins fresh. Raisins will retain their color, flavor and nutritious value for up to two years when stored in the refrigerator.

Quick Tidbits About Raisins.

Raisins are a great high fiber snack, and include Iron which is a necessary nutrient to produce hemoglobin. If you are iron deficient it can cause bruising, weakness, fatigue, even sensitivity to the cold. Raisins are heart healthy, because they could reduce cholesterol oxidation, which is a contributing factor leading to atherosclerosis. Also raisins are loaded with potassium. Raisins are among the top antioxidants and are beneficial as they help to reduce damage of free radicals that could lead to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Raisins are good for the eyes and were found to be helpful in preventing muscular degeneration. Raisins can even help a bit with constipation, as the fibers in the raisins will swell and will absorb water, and will promote a laxative effect and help to relieve the constipation. If you maintain and eat raisins on a regular basis it will help in maintaining a regular bowl movement., as the fibers will be sweeping the toxins away and the waste from the gastrointestinal tract. And raisins sure do taste better than PRUNES! You can also enhance bone health with raisins, because they are rich in calcium, and this is necessary to strengthen the bones and the teeth. Did you know that raisins can help with Anemia? Yes raisins are rich in copper and iron, and are necessary in the formation of red blood cells, and will help to correct an iron deficiency anemia, and will help to promote blood clotting during the wound healing process. So all this said. Down the line... " eating raisins" now as a child will be will be very beneficial down the line as they grow up. Just look at all the benefits that raisins offer!

So the next time your child is hungry for a snack, why not give raisins a try? You may be surprised that your child likes raisins. And don't forget Raisin Bran cereal is much more healthier than sugar laden cereals or even raisin bread or raisins English muffins. Take raisins on car trips or send to daycare or school lunches for your child.

Healthy minds and healthy bodies, start with healthy foods! These days we have to take what natural food that we have in hand, and embrace them, because ther is way to many foods out there that is so not good for us. Lets get back to the basics!


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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi lucybell, Very well written and informative hub, It would great if more kids today ate raisins and other healthy treats than they do.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago

      I love raisins and thank you lucybell for writing about their benefits. Children need more fruits in their diet, and raisins will be a hit with them. Voted up, useful, interesting, and awesome :)

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      I'm with krillco. I have loved them all my life. I grew up in a raisin region and even cut the grapes off the vines to dry in the sun. I think we were paid 5 cents per tray. This was about 40 years ago. Also when they were dry we were paid half a cent to roll them up in the paper they were dried on.

      I always have raisins in my home. A quick snack, on my oatmeal, and in salads. I grew up eating them and so have my children.

      Oh, and one other thing. What is wrong with prunes? I love those as well.

      Great idea for a hub and great memories for me. Thank you

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      William E Krill Jr 5 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

      Loved 'em when Mom gave them to me 50 years ago, still ove them! Good article.

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      Arwen Hann 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I'm lucky that my pre-schooler loves raisins. He eats them on their own and we often add them to baking as well. If you are making something with chocolate chips, try substituting half the chocolate chips and replacing them with raisins to make it a bit healthier.