Raisins; you either like them or you don't. I know my first encounter with raisins had a lasting effect when I came across these black things in my mother's bread and butter pudding, they looked like dead flies and got carefully moved to the side of the plate by my spoon.
Probably if I had known they were just dried grapes I might have tried tasting a couple especially if I had known that they promote healthy gums and teeth. Calling a raisin just a dried grape was an understatement, considering all the healthy properties it possesses, that's why I call it; 'The Amazing Raisin.
If like me you just don't fancy or have little time to prepare and eat food first thing in the morning, then your best instant energy boost would be to chomp on a hand full of raisins while making your morning brew. Raisins are easily digested and are full of fibre, vitamins, minerals and poly-phenol antioxidants.
Not only that; you'll be surprised to know that the raisin is a natural blood thinner and contains high levels of salicylate; a natural occurring chemical that protects the fruit from predators, and is one of the main ingredients in aspirin and other pain relievers.
The raisin is naturally cholesterol and fat free it also reduces stroke risk because it contains resveratrol; this phytochemical compound has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and blood cholesterol lowering properties.
Resveratrol has been found to have protective action against diseases such as coronary heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer's disease and viral fungal infections. But that's not all the raisin has to offer, this fructose filled little beauty is free of gluten toxin and contains vitamin K,C, E and vitamin B.
Raisins also contain the minerals calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium copper, fluoride, and zinc. Not forgetting the mineral boron, which has been shown to promote bone health, prevent osteoporosis and helps the body process oestrogen and vitamin D.
As you can see the amazing raisin should be number one on your healthy foods list, the only problem being whether to eat or just kiss it.
Amazing Raisin Cake Recipe
8 oz. butter or margarine
1 cup honey
12 oz. plain flour
1 tsp. baking powder
A pinch of salt
3 oz. chopped almonds
6 oz. chopped raisins
Milk to mix
Cream fat until soft, then beat in honey gradually. Add beaten eggs a little at a time and mix very thoroughly. Sieve dry ingredients and add with a few drops of essence and the nuts and raisins; add a little milk if required. Put in a prepared tin and bake in a slow oven (300 F.) for about 2 hours.