Sun-Maid, a company in existence since 1912, produces raisins. These dried grapes are available in portion-controlled containers, which make them a good choice for taking with you to work or class. The nutritional facts of Sun-Maid raisins reveal they contain a range of minerals as well as healthy fiber and macronutrients.
A 1/4 cup serving of Sun-Maid raisins contains 130 calories, or 6.5 percent of the calories you should consume each day. These raisins are an excellent choice for a portable snack, as 100 to 200 calorie snacks often fit well into your meal plan without introducing too many calories.
Carbohydrates and Protein
One serving of Sun-Maid raisins provides 31 g of carbohydrates, a macronutrient important for the function of your central nervous system. The carbohydrates in this dried fruit break down into glucose -- fuel for your body. Additionally, raisins contain 1 g of protein. You should consume 225 to 325 g of carbs and 50 to 175 g of protein each day.
Sun-Maid raisins can help increase your fiber intake. One serving contains 2 g of this nutrient. An article in the April 2011 issue of the "Journal of Medicinal Food" discusses the raisin's role in helping people get more fiber in their diets and notes the importance of fiber to promote satiety, as well as its possible effectiveness for improving insulin sensitivity. Consume 25 to 38 g of fiber each day.
Sun-Maid raisins are a good choice for potassium, with 9 percent of the daily recommended intake. The potassium in raisins is important for regulating digestion and the function of your muscles. It also benefits your brain. A study published in the May 2011 issue of the "American Journal of Epidemiology" correlates the consumption of potassium with a decreased chance of brain tissue death triggered by high blood pressure in women.
A serving of Sun-Maid raisins provides 6 percent of the iron you should consume each day. The iron in your diet helps prevent anemia, which can cause a lethargic reaction that makes it difficult to undertake your normal daily activities. It is important to replenish iron in your body after giving blood, so Sun-Maid raisins can make a good post-blood donation snack.
Sun-Maid raisins bump up your calcium intake. One serving of these raisins have 2 percent of the daily recommended intake of this bone-strengthening mineral. In addition to its affect on bone density, calcium may provide relief for some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
- Fitbit: Raisins, Seedless from Sun-Maid
- The Diet Channel; Calories: What's An Ideal Daily Intake?; Michele Turcotte, MS, RD/LDN
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Carbohydrates; February 2011
- "Journal of Medicinal Food"; A Review of Dietary Fiber and Health: Focus on Raisins; S.J. Bell; April 2011
- MayoClinic.com; Dietary Fiber: Essential for a Healthy Diet; November 2009