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    Raisins

    Are raisins okay to eat when ur trying to lose weight? I eat them a lot, especially in the mornings(in my oatmeal) or whenever i'm hungry I'll grab a hand full.
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    Just make sure you measure them and count them in your macros..if they fit in, then go for it!!
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    they are high in sugar but like twinnett said if they fit into your daily cal/macro allowance go for it
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    1/4 cup is about 100 calories..so they're pretty calorie dense. You can eat more filling foods for less calories. They're high in sugar too, so they might raise your blood sugar and cause it to drop.
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    I have them just about every day myself, in my oatmeal, 1/8 of a cup for just a splash of flavor. When I eat more than that my macros get skewed towards too much carbs.
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    i agree that if the raisins fit in with what your trying to accomplish, but this goes for ANY food(s), then eat up!
    & yes, they are calorie dense, but are good for someone like me looking to gain... a little goes a long way.
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    Originally Posted by star4822 View Post
    1/4 cup is about 100 calories..so they're pretty calorie dense. You can eat more filling foods for less calories. They're high in sugar too, so they might raise your blood sugar and cause it to drop.
    a quarter cup = 100 cals wow that's alot

    personally I'm not a fan of raisins but a lot of people use them in their breakfast

    I'd stay away from them just for the rise and drop in blood sugar
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    I use them sparingly, in my homemade protein bars sometimes, but I only use 1/4 cup for an entire 9 bars, so I am not eating a ton at once.
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    How about people in the stage between beginner and intermediate, who are trying to gain muscle? Are raisins good for them or not and when to eat them? Before or after workout? Moderation is key, that I got. I normally have a bit of raisins/or 1 banana 1h before workout and I'd also have a bit of raisins 20-30 min after workout, cos the main meal for me after workout would normally come 1 or 1.5h after the workout ended. When I say 'a bit of raisins' I mean like a handful or two.
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    No one food is "bad" or "good" in any instance. Personally, I just had 40g of raisins yesterday because I was competing and they fit numerous needs: did not take up a lot of room in my digestive tract, are loaded with electrolytes (I eat a lot of grapes when I'm scuba diving for the same reasons) and had enough sugar to give me energy through the day (and keep my muscles full). BUT "a handful or two" isn't moderation. In Weight Watchers they teach you 1 handful is roughly 1/4 cup, which is roughly the 40g serving I had yesterday for 130 calories.

    In short, if you want it, work it in. Just like I work my Pop Tarts in.
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    If it fits your macros, sure. IMO, I personally don't like using up majority of my carbs for dried fruit or nuts. They're usually high in fat and carbs for a small servings.
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    No food should be off limit when you are trying to lose weight. Its all about the amount of it you are eating and if it fits with your goals for the day.
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    If they fit and you enjoy them, why not!? But just keep in mind they are calorie dense and you may be able to be more satiated with eating different less caloric dense foods.
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    Oh good grief OP, just eat your darn raisins!
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