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Not too long ago, we lived in a world where ignorance was bliss when it came to food. For many, knowing where their food came from and how it was made was not a priority. We have since seen a shift in attitude, a slow realisation that where our food comes from is equally as important as how it tastes.

Where do they come from?

California Raisins let you know exactly where their raisins originate from – the clue is in the name. The San Joaquin Valley in central California provides the perfect combination of sun, soil and snowfall making it an ideal location to turn those sweet clusters of grapes into the delicious, all-natural California Raisin that the world has come to love.

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How are they made?

Central California’s Mediterranean climate means that farmers can dry their grapes using only the sun’s energy, making California Raisins 100 percent natural. Not only does this mean no preservatives or unwanted chemicals, but it also means that California Raisins can save a vast amount of energy in the form of fossil fuels, making them extremely sustainable. All of this means that California Raisins can produce a cleaner, healthier and more nutritious raisin.

Adding them to your 2021 diet

You can try them in salads, your morning cereal, protein balls and so much more. The small and mighty raisin is not only versatile, but also packed with minerals, essential nutrients, and energy, making the often-underrated fruit a great addition to a healthy and balanced diet for 2021.

If you’re doubtful, check out some of the health benefits:

• Treats anaemia
• Lowers the risk of heart disease
• Great source of fibre
• Helps digestion
• Boosts immunity
• Contributes to a healthy metabolism

They’re a natural performance-booster

A little raisin appetizer before you exercise can work in the same way as an energy drink, but without the refined sugars. Eating raisins before and during your workout can help you keep pace, while also revving up your metabolism, ensuring that you’re making the most of your workout.

Fructose and glucose are an essential part of why raisins make a great workout snack. It’s proven that our gut lining works better with a variety of sugars, as found in raisins, rather than just one. A study by Currell & Jeukendrup supports this, stating that cyclists showed an eight percent improvement of power output over and above the improvement by glucose alone.

What’s not to love?

Eager to reap the benefits by including raisins in more of your meals and snacks for 2021? Check out some of the delicious recipes on the California Raisins website.

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Win 30 bags of California Raisins to kick-start your new year!

Continue your health streak with the help of California Raisins, which is offering you the chance of winning 30 bags of 30g of California Raisins! They’re a great addition to a main meal or can be enjoyed as a healthy snack, plus come with a host of benefits.

California Raisins is equivalent to one of your five-a-day

California Raisins contribute to a healthy lifestyle and have many essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.

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They’re an excellent source of iron, manganese, selenium and vitamin B6
Manganese is a trace mineral. It’s vital for the human body, but people only need it in small amounts. Manganese contributes to many bodily functions, including the metabolism of amino acids, cholesterol, glucose, and carbohydrates. Plus, it plays a role in bone formation, blood clotting and reducing inflammation.
Selenium is a powerful mineral that’s essential for the proper functioning of your body. It plays a critical role in metabolism and thyroid function and helps protect your body from damage caused by oxidative stress.

They’re high in copper and potassium
Though it’s only needed in tiny amounts, cooper is an essential mineral, meaning that you must obtain it from your diet because your body cannot produce it on its own. Copper is an essential nutrient for the body; together with iron, it enables the body to form red blood cells. It helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves and immune function, and it contributes to iron absorption.
Potassium is an electrolyte that assists in a variety of vital bodily functions. This mineral helps with digestion, heart rhythm, nerve impulses and muscle contractions, as well as contributing to the maintenance of normal blood pressure.

They fit right into a healthy lifestyle

California Raisins fit perfectly into healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. They’re a great source of natural energy and make it easy to help reach the daily fruit requirements, set by the government’s five-a-day programme. As they’re available all year round, they’re always accessible, unlike seasonal fruit.
Sun-dried California Raisins compliment all types of dishes, from salads and main meals to desserts. Of course, they’re also a delicious healthy snack all by themselves for children and adults alike.

They contain naturally-occurring sugars
California Raisins contain only naturally-occurring sugars, with no added sugars, that provide a slow release of energy throughout the day. These are a great snack for when you are on the go.

They help get your fibre fill
We all know that a healthy and balanced diet full of fibre-rich foods reduces the risk of developing diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and colon cancer, and can even reduce the risk of inflammation-mediated diseases, such as arthritis.
The problem is most of us are not incorporating enough fibre into our diet. The average person in the UK only eats 16g of fibre per day, which falls short of the recommended 30g per day guidelines set out by the Government. Just one 30g serving of California Raisins though provides 5.8g of fibre and counts towards your ‘five a day’ goal – so it’s a win-win.

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