A Spoonful of Raisins Help the Cravings Go Down!
Whether in an energizing smoothie in the morning, or in some decadent chocolate truffles during the middle of a laborious day, sugar and its addictive and indispensable sweetness is something we come back to time and time again. Thankfully, at True Nosh, we help alleviate the case. We often make smoothies at our Brunch cooking classes using our Fig Lemonade. Sometimes we add raisins to sweeten our smoothies so our sugar cravings can be fulfilled without sacrificing our health. Now that’s what we call a win-win situation.
Because raisins are a rich source of fibre, they can slow the rate of sugar getting into your blood, keeping your blood sugar level and blood pressure stable. The fibre can also make you feel full and eat less food during the following 8 hours (1).These functions give fruits and vegetables, the potential to significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
What’s more? Raisins are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants can protect your cells and tissues from free radicals--chemical substances normally generated by cell. In which excessive amounts can damage cell structures and genetic materials (2). By combating harmful free radicals, raisins can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers!
… these benefits, why not try snacking on raisins instead of candy the next time you crave something sweet?
Author: Yolanda Wang
Editor: Iris Lopez and Renée Chan, MS, RD, CDN
1. Anderson JW, Waters AR. Raisin Consumption by Humans: Effects on Glycemia and Insulinemia and Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Journal of Food Science. 2013;78:A11-A17.
2. Akkol EK, Göger F, Koşar M, Başer KHC. Phenolic composition and biological activities of Salvia halophila and Salvia virgata from Turkey. Food Chemistry. 2008;108:942-949.
About the Author:
Yolanda is currently studying Food, Nutrition and Health at University of British Columbia. She is interested in testing and enriching new vegan and vegetarian recipes, making them more enticing, since plant based diets are not only healthy to individuals but also the planet!