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The Healthiest Raisin

Golden raisins versus sun-dried versus currants for antioxidant content.

September 25, 2008 |
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In fact, a new study found raisins can drop your bad cholesterol levels 13%. Fantastic, but which has more antioxidants—a sun-dried raisin, or a golden raisin—they’re actually both from the same grape, just processed differently. How many say sun-dried? How many say golden? And the answer is golden by a long shot. Only thing better, is to actually the same number of grapes themselves.

 

Which is healthier—raisins or currants? Currants in this country are typically just tiny raisins, but made from a different type of grape. How many think raisins are healthier? How many currants? The correct answer is… currants, which are made from champagne grapes, rather than their whimpier green counterparts. And since grape skins are the healthiest part of seedless grapes, smaller grapes and raisins tend to be healthier because there’s more surface area, more skin per volume.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on antioxidants. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk and Amla: Indian gooseberries vs. cancer, diabetes, and cholesterol.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on antioxidants. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/galianoandometepe/ galianoandometepe

    Aren’t currants made from, well, currants (ie. some sort of Ribes)? I always thought (apparently mistakenly) that they were.

  • Crider

    Zante currants also taste the best, too. Wikipedia says this cultivar is so old, that Pliny the Elder wrote about it in 75 AD. Comes from the island of Zakynthos. If you ever find them fresh, buy them!