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Raisin is an ingredient used in Indian cooking Also known as:
Kismis, Unakkamunthiri

Description:
Raisins are grapes that have been dried and have a sweet taste, with a wrinkly texture. Often known as nature's candy, they are counted. Raisin varieties depend on the type of grape used, and are made in a variety of sizes and colors including green, black, blue, purple and yellow. Seedless varieties include the sultana.  They are the most nutritious dried fruits in the whole world. Unlike fresh grapes, they indeed are rich and concentrated natural sources of energy, vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals.

Commonly used in:
Cakes, cookies, ice creams, pies, sweets and chutneys.

Health Benefits: 
Raisins have antioxidant properties and help keep the blood clean and flowing, by getting rid of all the impurities.  It is good for bone density and lowers the risk of osteoporosis in women.  Raisins are rich in oleanolic acid, a phytochemical which is extremely effective in preventing tooth decay, cavities, brittleness of teeth etc. it is rich calcium content and antioxidants that is extremely beneficial for the eyes. It is a good source of fiber and can help cure constipation. It prevents tumor and cancer of colon.

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