Research suggests that a handful of raisins may be just as good for fuelling a workout. Raisins can help power the body when exercising just as well as expensive sports nutrients bars, scientists believe. The dried grapes give athletes all they need during vigorous exercise, according to a study by researchers at the University of California-Davis.
The research team studied people running three miles, giving them either raisins, supplement bars, or simply water.
Amazing Health Benefits of Raisins
Runners who ate raisins or bars ran the distance a minute faster on average than those who had only water. The results are published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
James Painter, the nutrition research advisor for the California Raisin Marketing Board, said: ‘Raisins are a great alternative to sports chews as they also provide fiber and micronutrients, such as potassium and iron, and they do not have any added sugar, artificial flavor or colors.
‘As an added bonus, raisins are the most economical dried fruit according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, so they are cost-effective and convenient for use during exercise.’ The study is not the first academic exercise to explore the hidden powers of raisins.
Previous research has shown that people who ate raisins and started walking regularly had significant health benefits. Raisins are rich in potassium, important in regulating blood pressure, and their high fiber content makes them more filling than many other snacks. They are also a significant source of the antioxidants that interfere with cholesterol absorption and help fight disease.