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Posted by: bridget | 2007/12/05

Iron content in raisins?

Help! Do you know why raisins are high in iron? Grapes aren't. Is there anything wrong with eating lots of raisins?
Thanks so much!!

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Dear Bridget
Only raisins that still contain seeds which you need to also chew and swallow are high in iron. In addition, raisins are much, much more concentrated than grapes - raisins only contain 15% water while fresh grapes contain 80% water. There is nothing wrong with eating raisins as they are a healthy food being rich in iron and dietary fibre, but like all dried fruit they have a high energy content of 1253 kJ per 100g, thus if you are trying to lose weight you would need to eat small quantities of raisins, not lots!
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