There are two types of common raisins, dark and golden. Dark are the most well known, which begin as green grapes and naturally darken as they dry. These raisins are usually the product of Thompson seedless grapes. Most golden raisins are also the product of Thompson seedless grapes and are kept light in color through the use of sulfur dioxide. Another type of golden raisin is known as muscats because they’re made from white muscat grapes that have been seeded, oven dried and treated to maintain their color.
Raisins are a popular dried fruit because they are versatile and have a considerable shelf life. It is ideal to purchase raisins that are sold in bulk or in transparent containers so that it is easy to judge the quality of the raisins before they’re purchased. Raisins are best when they are moist and undamaged.
In order to keep them fresh, it is best to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also store single serving boxes in the refrigerator to keep the product fresh. It is best to eat raisins within six months of the purchase date.
A low fat and high energy snack, raisins pack a high dose of antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in protecting the body’s cells from damaging compounds. Studies have shown that antioxidants may act as an anti-aging tool for the body and the brain. Some studies have also shown that antioxidants may help to prevent serious diseases like cancer. Raisins can also help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. While adding raisins to a daily diet can be beneficial to men and women alike, women can reap extra benefits. Raisins contain high levels of Boron, which is a substance that is essential for bone health. Boron is an important substance for women to help fight the onset of Osteoporosis.
No matter the color, golden or traditional brown, raisins are a delicious and essential part of a healthy diet for all ages. Start enjoying the benefits of this economical dried fruit today!