Raisins are a super easy and incredibly healthy food for good skin. Drying lusciously juicy grapes into raisins has been done since ancient times and these wrinkly little fruits were highly prized by early Romans, actually dating back to as far as 2,000 B.C. Raisins are a sweet, handy, high energy, low fat, and highly nutritious treat that helps keep your skin looking beautiful.
They are packed with phenols, a very powerful antioxidant that works hard keeping your cells safe from harm. These potent antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging your skin cells, collagen, and elastin. Preventing free radicals from damaging your skin cells and collagen will help to keep those darn wrinkles at bay.
The Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry published a study back in 2007 that compared the amount of antioxidants in fresh green Thompson grapes, sun-dried Thompson raisins, and Thompson golden raisins. The study consisted of three groups of 15 subjects that consumed one of these three types daily for four weeks. The participants that ate the Thompson golden raisins had the highest amounts of antioxidants in their body.
This is great news since raisins are so simple to add to salads, cookies, breads, muffins, oatmeal, trail mix, or eating straight out of the bag. So, go on and enjoy these delicate little fruits knowing that you are doing something great for your skin.