Currants

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The importance of currants as a commercial product seems to have roots in antiquity, as it was used in order to exchange for the purchase of a slave, and was also offered as a reward and as a treatment to various diseases.

The currant,  is nothing more but the dried form of grapes.

Grown in the summer months, are dried naturally under the sun on the vine. The traditional way of preparing them is spreading them down to the ground and turning them every 7-10 days for about 3 weeks.

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Their positive effect on our health lies in the fact that they contain antioxidants, fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A, B vitamins and iron.

The antioxidant properties, enhance the immune system and protect cells from degeneration brought about by physiological processes of oxidation that lead to aging and eventually death.
The fiber present in currants improve bowel function combating constipation and also help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of rectal cancer.
The iron contained in plant form, helps prevent iron deficiency anemia.
Potassium is a mineral that regulates the sodium levels in the body thereby reducing the symptoms of detentions and also helps to lower blood pressure.
The B vitamins are essential for many key functions of our body, such as metabolism, energy production, the production of red blood cells as well as help improve memory, concentration and mood.
Vitamin D is important for vision, growth and reproduction as well as serving other functions in the human body.
Selenium is a trace mineral that our body needs in small amounts. This when ingested protein bound and forms the selinioproteines, which have antioxidant properties and protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease, regulate the function of the thyroid gland and contribute to the immune defense system.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the currants have antimicrobial properties that prevent the development of caries, gingivitis and plaque.

 

NUTRITIONAL   FACTS PER    100 GR

 

Energy  kj                                    1340          Raw fibres                                       7

Proteins                                       2,5             Carbohydrates                                75

Fat total                                       0,0             Carbohydrates of which saturat     0

Fat mono unsaturated                  0,0            Vitamin  A                                       50

Fat poly unsaturated                    0,0            Vitamin  B1  mg/100 gr                   0,07

Trans                                            0,0             Vitamin  B2  mg/100 gr                  0,03

Fat saturated                               0,0

 

SPORE  ELEMENTEN   ( in mg/100 gram )                                                       

 

Cholesterol                                     0,0             Calcium                                           50

Foliumacid                                     3,0              Iron                                                 2,0

Linolacid                                        0,0              Zinc                                                  0

Sodium                                          15,0             Phosfor                                            90

Potasium                                        700             Magnesium                                      36

Selinium                                         0.01

 

 

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