The heat and warmth of the sun produce deliciously dried grapes - succulent raisins, full of concentrated flavor and rich in vitamins and nutrients. Although they are fairly high in natural sugars and calories, they are an excellent source of energy for long hikes, as well as rich in antioxidants and fiber. Raisins have all of the potent benefits of grapes - bone strength, digestive aids, and the sweetness of candy. Raisins are a versatile addition to any healthy diet. Baked into bread or muffins, tossed in a salad or oatmeal, and eaten alone as a portable snack, there are many health benefits to raisins.
The fiber in raisins - roughly 3 grams per serving - is around 6 to 12 percent of your recommended daily allowance. If your gut isn't moving as smoothly as you'd like, this dried fruit may help with bowel movements. They add bulk to your undigested food, helping it move through your digestive tract smoothly In addition to the necessary dietary fiber, raisins are relatively high in natural fruit sugars, which can have a laxative effect on some people. Not only do raisins help regulate your digestion, studies show that they help reduce toxic bile fluids in your gut, which contribute to the risk of colon cancer.
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