A NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE

California Raisins are made for healthy eating and snacking.  Dried in the warm California sunshine, they come by their sweetness naturally.  This little fruit has many benefits that help to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

California Raisins are:

  • all natural¹
  • fat and cholesterol free¹
  • naturally low in sodium¹
  • naturally sweet, no-added sugar¹
  • a source of potassium¹
  • a source of fiber – a desirable and essential nutrient³
  • a source of concentrated nutrients¹
  • known to contain phytonutrients that suppress the growth of oral bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease²

The ingredient list says it all:  Raisins.

California Raisins are economical, ready to eat, never bruise and easy to grab – no washing, peeling or chopping required. A package of California Raisins fits perfectly in a purse or briefcase for those extended time periods without a meal. They also conveniently fit in lunch boxes, gym bags, and in your desk drawer. The average person eats far less fruit than is recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. A portable, readily available fruit, such as California Raisins, is ideal to help fill this gap.

 

¹ USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25.

² Rivero-Cruz, j.F., Zhu, M., Kinghorn, A.,D., Wu, C. D. (2008). antimicrobial Constituents of Thompson Seedless Raisins (Vitis vinifer) Against Selected Oral Pathogens. Phytochemistry Letters, 1(3): 151-4.

³Camire, M. E., & Dougherty, M.P (2003). Raisin dietary fiber composition and in vitro bile acid binding. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 51 (3), 834-837.

 

 

With the introduction of the new MyPlate food guide from the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. government is encouraging families to make half of their daily plates consist of fruits and vegetables. 

Nutrition professionals such as Liz Ward of Boston are also singing the praise of California Raisins.  U.S.A. Today and Men’s Health magazine asked Ms. Ward this question, ‘what’s the single best fruit you can eat’? Ms. Ward responded, “Raisins. They are full of fiber, potassium and antioxidants. They are also portable, available year round, are good for boosting energy and they may help with weight control.” – Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., Nutritionist/Author and valued contributor to the California Raisins’ Super RD Network.

Dietary Guidelines

The  2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice for Americans ages 2 and older about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describe a healthy diet as one that:

• Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
• Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and
• Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

Curious about the research that shows why California Raisins are good for you? Click here to learn more.