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NUTRITION INFORMATION:

SUN DRIED RAISINS AND GOOD NUTRITION

70 PERCENT PURE FRUCTOSE, A NATURAL FROM OF SUGAR THAT IS EASLY DIGESTED FOR QUİCK ENERGY

ENERGY: The natural sugars that are great source of energy come packaged with fiber that plays key role in preventing the typical low blood sugar levels found a few hours after consumption of refined sugars. This was confirmed with clinical studies that compared raisins to various pure sugars. When we fed raisins to 13-to-17-year-old- soccer players during the mid-game break, their blood sugar was much higher at the end of the game. This tells us that raisins are a good energy source, because the sugar comes together with fiber and other healthful nutrients.

POTASSIUM: Their large amount of potassium and low amount of sodium make sun-dried raisins very valuable as a way to increase the intake of this mineral, as most diets are too high in sodium in relation to potassium. This high “ratio” of potassium to sodium is ideal to help maintain a proper blood pressure in people. A recent study at Loma Linda University in California confirmed that adding raisins to the diet lowers blood pressure.

FIBER: The fiber in raisins not only helps with sugar metabolism, but regulates intestinal function and proper elimination and combined with tartaric acid creates a more protective environment in the large intestine, which may help protect against possible cancer development when consumed with a proper diet. Tartaric acid is unique to grapes and a few exotic fruits. In a recent study in collaboration with Purdue University, we showed that tartaric acid is a key part of beneficial effect of sun-dried raisins on the digestive system. It works together with the good fibers found in sun-dried raisins, not only in preventing constipation but also in creating a healthy environment in the large intestine. The combination of tartaric acid, fiber and potassium is sun-dried raisins could be the reason that in Mediterranean countries the “grape cure” is so popular in early fall.

ANTIOXIDANTS: Phenolic compounds are powerful, protective antioxidants. They could be one of the reasons why fruits and vegetables are considered protective against hearts disease and cancer. Sun-dried raisins are a good source of phenolics. In a recent study, a diet high in raisins caused biochemical changes in the blood that showed that there were increased antioxidant defenses when compared to a typical refined, low-fruit-and-vegetable diet. Perhaps phenolics in grapes and their products may be one of the reasons for the French Paradox. Analysis of sun-dried raisins at Oregon State University shows that they contain a very powerful phenolic antioxidant, quercetin, and some related compounds. Phenolics in general, like quercetin have been found to protect against experimental cancer in animal studies. This may be why, in a 20 year study of over 34,000 people by researchers at Loma Linda University, raisins were one of the items that appeared to be protective against pancreatic cancer.

BLOOD CHOLESTEROL: In some recent studies, we fed sun-dried raisins with a plant-based diet, and in a few weeks the subjects’ blood cholesterol was significantly lowered.

BLOOD TRIGLYCERIDES: These blood fats should be low. Diets high in refined sugars and refined carbohydrates tend to raise triglycerides, a risk factor for heart disease. In a 1997 study, when carbohydrates were increased as sun-dried raisins and whole grain bread, there was no rise in blood triglycerides, showing the value or feeding carbohydrates in their unrefined form.

Sultanas will keep their flavor, color and nutritional value for up to 15 months when stored between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. They may also be frozen and thawed easily for later use.


NUTRITION
TYPICAL VALUES PER 100 g.
CALCIUM 53 mg
MOISTURE 16,0 g
ASH 1,8 g
FAT (total) 0,0 g
SATURATED FAT 0,1 g
POLYUNSATURATED FAT 0,1 g
MONOUNSATURATED FAT 0,9 g
PROTEIN 2,8 g
COATING OIL (GMO FREE) 0,5 %
CARBOHYDRATE (available) 67,7 g
TOTAL SUGARS 67,4 g
ADDED SUGARS 0 g
STARCH 0 g
DIETARY FIBER (Englyst Method) 7,3 g
ENERGY VALUES 1116 Kjourles / 267 Kcalories
SODIUM 54,0 mg
SALT (total) 0 g
IRON 1,8 mg
THIAMIN (B1) 0,10 mg
RIBOFLAVIN (B2) 0,08 mg
NICOTIN ACID 0,5 mg
PANTOTHENIC ACID (B5) 0 mg
PYRIDOXINE (B6) 0,3 mg
VITAMIN B12 0 mg
VITAMIN B1 0,147 mg
VITAMIN B2 0,073 mg
FOLIC ACID 4,0 mg
VITAMIN C 0 mg
VITAMIN D 0 mg
CALCIUM 66 mg
POTASSIUM 930 mg
VITAMIN A 5,0 mg
MINERALS 4 mg
FERRUM 190 mg
PHOSPHOR 30 mg
MAGNESIUM 53 mg