Dear Kid,

The thing about raisins is they have a boatload of calories crammed into a tiny little bit of yum. But there are many reasons to eat raisins in addition to the yum.

Heard It Through the Grapevine | Raisins Part II (You're NOT Going to Believe This Stuff)Raisins contain resveratrol, which is a phytochemical (and if you mispronounce it sounds like reverse-it-all) that is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Raisins are high in fiber and flavonoids. (That’s a good thing.)

Raisins are high in calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium copper, fluoride, and zinc.

They are high in potassium and B-complex vitamins. And minerals they contain like selenium and phosphorus help with the absorption of proteins.

Who knew you could pack all that nutritional helpfulness in a tiny little raisin?

So raisins fight cancer, hypertension, diabetes, anemia, fever, and help with eye care, acidosis, sexual dysfunction, bone health, and dental care.

AND they dance! Not just the commercial from the ‘80s, but there’s a thing about dancing raisins, which is basically baking soda dissolved in water, raisins added, then vinegar poured in. Poof, dancing raisins. I don’t know why, unless you’re trying to entertain small children on a rainy day.

Eat raisins.

Love, Mom