Nestle Raisinets

Raisins are grapes that have been dried in the sun or in a food dehydrator. Raisins provide the body with energy, fiber, and vitamins. Some studies have shown that raisins help with digestion and increasing iron levels. In terms of calories, raisins contain high amounts of sugar and calories. One-half cup of raisins has about 217 calories. Furthermore, raisins contain boron that works with vitamin D and about forty-five milligrams of calcium per one-half- cup serving, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. In addition, raisins are a source of antioxidants, such as phytonutrients. Antioxidants are important to our body because they remove free radicals from the blood, which reduces the chances of having cancer and help keep the skin radiant and youthful by preventing acne and a skin condition called psoriasis. Athletes eat raisins as part of their diet since they contain potassium that carries electrical charges to allow for muscle contraction and stimulates nerve impulses. Now, the Nestle Raisinets company took advantage of the previous facts and added more sweet sources to call this product healthy and attract more customers. I think raisins are a component of this snack for three reasons. First, since raisins are dry grapes, they last for a long time which helps the Nestle company to put a longer expiration date. Second, the Nestle company can use the good sweet taste of the raisins and add milk chocolate to make the product more tasty. Third, the fact that raisins contain a lot of fiber helps the Nestle company to not include too many raisins in a pack, which allows them to make more money by using small amount of raisins in a package. As we learned in class, everything has its health benefits and cost. A lot of people forget that even though raisins have some components that make them healthy, such as vitamin D for the teeth, they also have milk chocolate, which can still hurt our teeth. Therefore, I think that consumers should be smart about the amount they eat and be aware of the risks and benefits.