Health facts you should know about California Raisins

On the average, a person eats less fruits than is recommended by nutritionists. Believe it or not, eating even a little serving of California Raisins can help fill the gap incurred from this deficiency.

Raisins are dried grapes of the Vitis vinifera species, in particular the Natural Seedless variety. The grapes are picked at the very peak of their ripeness, making those extremely sweet to be used ideally as natural or healthy sweeteners.

Dried grapes are rich in vitamins like ascorbic acid, thiamin, and riboflavin. Those also contain magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc.

There are more reasons why you should consider including raisins in your daily diet. First, dried grapes are top source of antioxidants, which can help the system fight off free radicals and reduce risks of cancer. Second, those can help promote digestive health by delivering potassium and dietary fiber.

Third, raisins can help prevent dental caries by lowering presence of cavity-causing bacteria. Fourth, those also contain natural sugars that are good sources of energy. Moreover, several studies have also found that raisins can also lead to reduced risks of heart ailments.

That is why it is always advisable to eat raisins or use those as ingredients for various recipes. Pastry chef Miko Aspiras of Scout’s Honor and Le Petite Souffle could not agree more. “I love using California Raisins in my dessert because they are naturally sweet, consistent in size, texture, and sweetness,” he said.

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Chef Miko Aspiras shares a simple cookie recipe with raisins as among the main ingredients.

“California Raisins recipes are easy to prepare, so parents won’t have a hard time making snacks for their children,” said Richard Lieu, trade promotions director for Southeast Asia of the Raisin Administrative Committee. “Parents and kids can also snack on California Raisins straights out of the box, which makes them healthy snack alternative for people on the go.”

Are you ready to try out a simple cookie recipe? Check this out, as shared by Chef Miko.

Cookies with raisins

Ingredients:
170 g California Raisins
100 g brown sugar
25 g white sugar
112 g unsalted butter (softened, not melted)
2 pieces of whole eggs
195 g all purpose flour
2 baking soda
2 g iodized salt
1 g baking powder
2 g vanilla extract

 

Procedures:

1. Sift all dry ingredients together, set aside.
2. Using a hand mixer or a standing mixer, cream the butter, white and brown sugars using a paddle attachment until mixture is light and airy.
3. Add in eggs one at a time, add in vanilla extract.
4. Using a rubber scraper or spatula, fold in dry ingredients lightly and evenly.
5. Lastly, fold in raisins.
6. Spread mixture in a flat baking tray and chill until dough is firm.
7. Scoop cookie mixture (30 g each) on a non-stick baking tray.
8. Bake at 170ºC for 6 minutes.

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