Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Research Shows California Raisins May Positively Impact Diabetic Nutrition

- Research suggests California Raisins — an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun, no-sugar added fruit
— may positively affect glucose levels and systolic blood pressure among people with
 Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here:

"Raisins are excellent food choices for most individuals, including those with
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)," said James W. Anderson, MD, Professor
 of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 29.1 million Americans have
diabetes. That accounts for 9.3 percent of the U.S. population, and nearly 30 percent
 of these are undiagnosed cases. Additionally, another 86 million Americans are
thought to have pre-diabetes.2 Given the magnitude of the diabetes problem,
 and knowing that the nutritional quality of foods is one factor that influences
glucose levels and cardiovascular disease risk among patients with T2DM,
a first-of-its kind study was conducted with California Raisins and patients with T2DM.3
This 12-week study among 51 individuals with T2DM found that regular
 consumption of raisins — as compared to a variety of snack crackers —
positively impacted both glucose levels and systolic blood pressure.
 The research, published in The Physician and Sportsmedicine journal,
 revealed study participants who consumed one ounce of raisins three
 times a day for the duration of the study, as compared to a group
that ate a comparable amount of snack crackers, were shown to have:
  • 23 percent reduction in postprandial (post-meal) glucose levels
  • 19 percent reduction in fasting glucose
  • A significant reduction (8.7 mmHg) in systolic blood pressure
These findings build on an earlier study where 46 men and women with
 pre-hypertension were randomly assigned to snack on raisins or
 pre-packaged commercial snacks that did not contain raisins or
other fruits or vegetables, three times a day for 12 weeks. While
cardiovascular disease is affected by various factors, the results
 indicated that eating raisins three times per day:
  • May significantly lower blood pressure among individuals with
  •  pre-hypertension when compared to other popular snacks.4
  • May significantly lower postprandial (post-meal) glucose levels 
  • when compared to other popular snacks of equal caloric value.5
Both studies were conducted at the Louisville Metabolic and
Atherosclerotic Research Center (L-MARC) by Harold Bays, MD,
 medical director and president of L-MARC and funded by the California Raisin Marketing Board.
Visit for more information about both
 studies, the diabetic-friendly recipes found in the multi-media news release and more.
About the California Raisin Marketing Board A State Marketing Order
 in 1998 created the California Raisin Marketing Board and it is 100-percent
grower funded. Its mission is to support and promote the increased use of
California-grown raisins and sponsor crop production, nutrition and market
research. For more information about the California Raisin Marketing Board
, visit
1,3 Bays, H., et. al. A Randomized Study of Raisins Versus Alternative
Snacks On Glycemic Control and Other Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients
With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. The Physician and Sportsmedicine; 2015.
1,3 Anderson, J.W. et. al. Raisins Compared with other Snack Effects on
 Glycemia and Blood Pressure: A Randomized,
Controlled Trial. Post grad Med 2014:126:37-43.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes statistics report:
 estimates of diabetes and its burden in the United States, 2014. Atlanta, GA: U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014.
4 Bays, H., et. al. Raisins and Blood Pressure: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.
Poster session presented at: American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual
 Scientific Session; 2012 March 24- 27; Chicago, IL.
5 Bays, H., et. al. Raisins and Blood Glucose: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.
 Poster session presented at American Diabetes Association's 72nd Annual Scientific
 Session; 2012 June 8-12; Philadelphia, PA.
California Raisins

Pumpkin Pie Popcorn Mix with California Raisins

Orange-scented California Golden Raisin Tapenade

California Raisin Couscous with Vegetables

Sweet and Spicy Jerk Chicken with California Raisins

CONTACT: Brittany Gillmor, FleishmanHillard, 916-492-5339,  

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