Which is Healthier, Cranberries or Raisins

Holding a handful of Healthy Cranberries

Cranberries are Healthier

Cranberries by a long shot. Here’s why.

Cranberry Nutritional Info

In 1 cup (100 grams) of raw cranberries there are:

Calories: 46
Protein: 0.4 grams
Carbs: 12.2 grams
Sugar: 4 grams
Fiber: 4.6 grams
Fat: 0.1 grams

So that’s an entire cup of fruit with lots of fiber and 4 grams of natural sugar.

Now, let’s move on to raisins…

Holding raisins high in sugar


Raisins Nutritional Info

In 1 cup of raisins (165 grams) there are:

Calories: 432
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 116 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Sugar: 84-90 grams

So that’s 90 grams of sugar and you are on your way to being diabetic.

I know I know. You meant “dried cranberries” because who eats raw cranberries anyway? They are so sour that eating a handful would make you go blind.

So then if we compared sweetened, dried cranberries (craisins) to raisins then the winner is ….

… neither.

Once you add sugar to dried cranberries they become raisins in effect so just eat whatever you enjoy most. The sweetened, dried cranberries might edge out the raisins as raw cranberries contain less sugar naturally than raisins do, but it won’t make much difference.

It would be like going to the buffet and eating 9 plates of food instead of 10. Once you pass the point of no return, it doesn’t really matter. Which leaves me with 2 last things to say.

1 – If you are going to indulge then sit back and enjoy without overthinking anything. You only live once.

2- If you can find dried cranberries made with sweetener then you’ve found a way to cheat the system and so then it’s like drinking diet soda, all satisfaction with no consequences.

This is the way.


– Cranby


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