Grapes vs Raisins – which do you prefer? by Nancy Schramm

Flowers to Eat™ creates many bouquets that contain grapes. Green grapes, purple grapes, we use them both. Skewered in columns or dipped in dark chocolate on trays of fruit, we love to add grapes to our arrangements.

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Raisins, those dried shriveled up remnants of sweet juicy grapes don’t make it into our bouquets. Have you ever seen a fruit arrangement that contained raisins?

Ok, so raisins aren’t as attractive in a fruit bouquet, but they are still packed with vitamins and antioxidents. In fact, ounce for ounce, raisins contain nearly 3 times as many antioxidents as their juicy predecessors. Antioxidants are important in promoting and maintaining good health and optimal growth, so if you choose to eat raisins, you can eat just 1/3rd as many raisins as grapes and obtain the same amount of antioxidents.  Good choice maybe if you don’t want to carry a large bag of grapes to work with you.

Raisins do contain many more calories than grapes do, though. A half cup of raisins equals approximately 250 calories; an equal amount of grapes have only 30. But, then again, you will be fitting many more raisins into that 1/2 cup than you could grapes.  Trade offs, trade offs, life is full of them.

Whichever you choose, you will be doing your body a favor munching on the grapes/raisins instead of that sugar cookie, and both really do taste great.

If you are interested in seeing a quick video of raisins turning into grapes, check out the following link. The transformation takes only 30 seconds on You Tube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD_vhbv05aw