Raisins are dried grapes. The term typically refers to dark raisins, though it also encompasses golden and sultana raisins. They are most commonly from Thompson seedless green grapes, left to darken as they dry.

Health considerations

Raisins are primarily sugar but do contain fiber. Non-organic raisins may contain traces of pesticides. Polyphenol content inherent to fresh grapes decreases significantly with aging, drying, and processing. Raisins have little to no resveratrol content.

Keep in mind

Raisins may be coated with vegetable oils which may contain corn, soy, or seed oils; raisins may contain sulfites. These are common allergens.

May be found in

Cereal, granola, muesli, baked goods, cookies, cakes, energy bars, granola bars, trail mix, pilaf, rice dishes, candies, confectionery, chocolate bars, ice cream, frozen desserts, salad


Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
National Raisin Company Home Cooking

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