Is it just us or did you get your love of raisins from the California Raisins?
The epic singing group made raisins cool in the 80’s and here at PROBAR® we still think raisins are the bees knees. As we all know, raisins are dried grapes. The practice of drying fruit is one of the oldest methods of preserving fruit. It all started with the Phoenicians and Egyptians who made raisins as a special treat. The Greeks used raisins to adorn places of worship and as awards. Due to their long shelf life and how easy it is to carry them, raisins traveled with Christopher Columbus, George Washington at Mount Vernon, helped energize Robert E. Peary’s conquest of the North Pole in 1908, and was carried by astronaut Scott Carpenter in outer space in 1962.
Photo by: David Harris
Not only are raisins a tasty and portable treat, they are also packed with health benefits. Let’s look at just a few of the reasons why you should eat more raisins.
- Fat and cholesterol free
- High in antioxidants
- Contains sugar of fructose and glucose (these help you avoid a “sugar crash”)
- Plenty of iron, potassium and dietary fiber
- Helps fight bad bacteria in the body
- Helps keep your skin and hair looking healthy
These reasons and their burst of sweetness is why we have chosen to put raisins in PROBARs. The classic PROBAR Meal® Oatmeal Raisin bar is like opening an oven full of cookies. This bar is sure to bring back memories of homemade, oatmeal raisin goodness. We also added in raisins to our PROBAR bite® Superfruit & Greens bar which will give you the green boost you need.