Raisins are "nature's candy". I suppose that is true. They are SUPER sweet and yummy, and a great snack for those with a sweet tooth.
But how do they stack up to candy? I know parents who don't like to feed their kids too many raisins. Well, I think that is kinda silly.
1/4 cup of raisins (same size as a package of M&M's) is 125 calories. M&M's are 240 calories. So, the statement should read "Raisins are nature's 1/2 candy".
With raisins you get nutrients you won't get with M&M's. They are dried grapes, and all the benefits you read about with red wine exist in raisins. The great thing about raisins in comparison to grapes is that they are so portable.
Just shove a box in your purse, backpack, or briefcase, and you have a healthy snack whenever you need it. (Grapes tend to get squished when you try this move).
How about organic raisins? If you are feeding kids, give them organic because grapes are heavily sprayed and soak up pesticides. If we are just talking about you, try organic raisins because they cost about the same as the conventionally grown ones and they taste SO MUCH BETTER. Try them, you will thank me.
Try raisins on top of your oatmeal, mixed in cottage cheese, or make your own trail mix. So yummy.