Raisins are a wonderful addition to your diet in any season as they are full of antioxidants more than any other dried fruit.
They are high on fibre and potassium and studies have shown how eating them regularly can reduce risk of heart disease, high blood sugar levels and also lower bad cholesterol.
While dried fruits are a convenient source of getting the required nutrients, at times people continue to prefer them over fresh fruit which is in the season. In case of raisins, many health experts advise people to soak them for multiplying their benefits and in order to have better nutrient absorption. But soaked or otherwise, are they healthier than fresh grapes? If given a choice, should one go for fresh grapes or soaked raisins?
Nutritionist shares why raisins should be eaten only when the fresh grapes are not in season and benefits of the fresh fruit must be reaped.
Raisins are just dehydrated grapes and there is no major benefit of rehydrating raisins.
Why we must choose fresh grapes over raisins
Raisins are inferior to grapes considering they have lost vitamins in the process of dehydration.
The nutritionist adds that by comparing USDA nutrition database for raisins and grapes (of same variety) it comes out that grapes have 15 times more vitamin K, 6 times more vitamin E and C, 2 times more vitamin B1 and B2.
The nutritionist advises one to have raisins only when grapes are unavailable. He says that raisins should be treated as just another dried fruit that should be taken when fresh is not available.