My son loves raisin. I understand that it's a fruit and the sugar content, but I never hear anyone talk about them. Are raisins avoided for some reason I am unaware of?
Are raisins avoided for some reason I am unaware of?
Raisins should be avoided because they have astronomically high sugar levels, and half of that sugar is fructose. Fructose is toxic. The body can dispose of it safely in small amounts but larger amounts are harmful.
Raisins have more sugar for their weight than six out of six candy bars that I just looked up: Almond Joy, Krakel, Reeses, Mounds, Twizzlers, or Mr. Goodbar.
The carbs in starch and carbs in raisins are not the same. Starch (obtained from foods like potatoes and sweet potatoes) breaks down into glucose, which is healthy for us. Raisins break down into a mixture of glucose and fructose. Fructose is not healthy for us.
Not only are they boluses of sugar, but they (and other dried fruits, including fruit roll-ups) cling to the teeth way more than most other sugar sources. My children's dentist routinely advocates against them.
I don't think they are avoided any more than any other type of dried fruit. In fact, last week they were suggested as a great, easily carried snack for a diabetic to carry around, just in case of a needed sugar boost. I can't find the thread now, of course.
The sugar is the main concern.
As an alternative, I would suggest dried plums (aka prunes). They have a significantly lower glycemic load, and any impact they have will be more moderate. They tend to be preserved with potassium.... so I don't really think that is an issue.
Although I would not be to concerned with raisins if your being moderate.
I would treat them just as any other fruit, and look at the numbers. Of course, I think it all depends on what type of paleo you are. If youre low-carb plaeo, I would cut them out completely, they really are just little balls of sugar. However, if you are allowing yourself some natural carbs, potatoes and frutis and such, then they would seem fine.
If you are going to buy raisins or other dried fruit, best to look for the type with no added sugar. Dried fruit also have sulfates in them as a preservative. I'm not sure if the ones with added sugar do too.
I'd buy the most natural version I can find and keep it down to an occasional treat.
I had to take the two grandkids, 7 and 10 to an appointment with me as I was babysitting and no one else was available. Unbeknown to me they brought along a zip lock bag of raisins for a "snack" (how I hate that word), anyway after about half an hour of steadily increasing volume they were off their trees! Virtually uncontrollable, boy was I glad to get home and give them back to their mother who just shrugged and said, "yeah, they do that". Ug, wouldn't have them in the house! (The rasins, not the GK's)