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Health Benefits of RAISINS

Raisins are dense sources of energy, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. On weight per weight comparison basis, 100 g of dried grapes provide 249 calories, several times more fiber, vitamins, minerals and poly-phenol antioxidants than the fresh grapes. Raisins, however, contain fewer amounts of vitamin C, folic acid, carotenes, lutein and xanthins than in the fresh grapes. The total measured anti-oxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g raisin is 3037 µmol Trolex Equivalents (TE), while that of fresh grapes 1118 µmol TE/100 g.

As in grapes, raisins also contain phytochemical compound resveratrol. Resveratrol, a polyphenol anti-oxidant, has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, blood cholesterol lowering activities. Studies suggest that resveratrol has been found to have protective action against cancers like melanoma, colon and prostate, and diseases such as coronary heart disease (CHD), degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer's disease and viral/ fungal infections.

In addition, resveratrol reduces stroke risk by altering the molecular mechanisms in the blood vessels. It does so firstly by reducing susceptibility of blood vessels damage through decreased activity of angiotensin (a systemic hormone causing blood vessel constriction that would elevate blood pressure) and secondly, through increased production of the vasodilator substance, nitric oxide (a beneficial compound that causes relaxation of blood vessels).

Like in grapes they, especially those derived from red/purple grapes, are very high in anthocyanins, another class of polyphenolic anti-oxidants. Anthocyanins have been found to have anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activities.

100 g raisins provide 3.7 g or 10% of daily-required levels of dietary fiber. Studies suggest moderate fiber in the diet help lower body weight, cholesterol levels in the blood, and colon and breast cancer incidence as well as constipation episodes by decreasing GI transit time of food. Furthermore, they are also abundant in flavonoid compounds such as tartaric acid, tannins, catechins...etc. Together with inulin and fiber; these compounds aid in smooth bowel movements through their laxative function.

They are free of gluten toxin and can be consumed by people who do not tolerate gluten as an alternative healthy food.

Raisins are dense sources minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium copper, fluoride, and zinc. Copper and manganese are an essential co-factor of antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. 100 g provides 23% daily requirement levels of iron.

In addition, they are rich in heart-healthy electrolyte potassium. 100 g provide 749 mg of potassium. Potassium reduces heart rate, blood pressure by countering sodium and thereby helps prevent stroke, CHD, and peripheral vascular diseases.

Furthermore, they are also good source of some B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.

Per 100g of Edible Protein:
Potassium 746 mg
Phosphorus 115 mg
Calcium 52 mg
magnesium 33 mg
Sodium 12 mg
Iron 1.7 mg
Vitamin B 11 mg
Vitamin C 1.3 mg

About Raisins

Botany of the grape

The grape is from the vitaceae family and has more than 800 varieties. The most common variety of grape is the vinifera. Grapes can be different colors, such as green, red, purple and yellow. Grapes can be eaten plain or processed into raisins, fruit juice and marmalade.

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The nutritional value of raisins

100 grams of raisins contains about 300 calories and is composed of approximately 75% carbohydrates, 5.3% fiber, 2.8% protein, 0-4% fat and is rich in potassium.

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Uses of raisins

Raisins are eaten as choice food and used in many productions for flavor in bread, cake, sweets, and wine.

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Types of Raisin

  • Golden Angori Raisins

    Golden Raisin Sun-Made Golden Raisins are grown in the most parts of Iran, so they are golden amber in color with a naturally sweet and fruity flavor. Golden seedless raisins come from quality Thompson Seedless raisins that are treated with sulphur dioxide to retain their golden color. These sweet and chewy raisins are a delicious snack on their own, but can also be added to trail mixes, baked goods and granolas for an extra healthy snack.
  • Golden Kashmary Raisins

    KASHMARY RAISINS Kashmary raisins, also known as long raisins and produced from local type Iranian raisins. This kind is famous for its special sweet and sour taste and its long length shape. Long raisin like golden raisins are made using sulfur fumigation process and shade dried so they are green in color. This type is popular for those who dislike the extreme sweat flavor of other raisins types. Like other types, kashmar raisins are dried, coated with vegetable oil, stemmed, mechanically cleaned, laser and hand sorted then materials detected under extreme care of hygienic conditions and with legal and safety requirements and the customers special specifications.
  • Sultana Raisins

    SULTANA RAISINS Sultana is made of the best seedless grapes. To reach the desired quality, all raisins are washed and sorted twice in each process and then dipped in edible oil and then dried. Iranian sultana raisins are available in two color light brown and dark brown and tend to be sweeter. Sultana raisins have a delicate and unique flavor.
  • Malayer Raisins

    SULTANA RAISINS Sultana is made of the best seedless grapes. To reach the desired quality, all raisins are washed and sorted twice in each process and then dipped in edible oil and then dried. Iranian sultana raisins are available in two color light brown and dark brown and tend to be sweeter. Sultana raisins have a delicate and unique flavor.
  • Sun-Dried Raisins

    SUN-DRIED RAISINS from Iran Directly are dried buy sun and no additional materials are added to them and results in a dark color.The sweet test of natural raisin is perceptible

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