5 Benefits of Raisins That Make Them a Surprisingly Good Pre-Workout Snack
Ripe, juicy grapes have a home in many healthy eaters’ crisper year-round. In fact, they’re the fourth most popular fruit in the U.S. And of course grapes are also widely enjoyed in another form: wine. But despite being enjoyed in these ways, many people still have mixed thoughts on their dried out form, raisins, including whether they’re actually good for you or not.
Dried fruit in general tends to be thought of as higher in sugar than nutrients, but, spoiler alert: Raisins are pretty great for you. Here, registered dietitian Jessica Bippen, RD, breaks down the benefits of raisins and much more.
The nutrient run-down of raisins
Raisins are typically made by drying out grapes in the sun and then processing them in a plant. And while they certainly look very different from grapes, Bippen says raisins are nutritionally very similar to their hydrated counterparts. “The funny thing about raisins is that many people don’t realize they have the same benefits of grapes,” Bippen says. “They’re the same fruit, just dehydrated.”
She explains that the major difference is that obviously grapes have much more water than grapes. “Without the water content, the nutrients become much more concentrated,” Bippen says. “It also means the sugar becomes more concentrated, so it’s important to be aware of that as well.