There are thousands of types of grapes, derived from 60 grape species. Most people are familiar with table grapes, the kind we use for snacks or salads. Wine grapes and raisin grapes used for beverages and dried fruit are common as well. The Mediterranean region is commonly viewed as the home of the grape, but grapes are actually also native to Asia, Africa, and North America.
How are grapes good for you?
Grapes provide a wealth of health benefits.
- Grapes are a low glycemic index (GI) food. Studies have shown good blood sugar benefits. Ingestion of grape juice, extracts, and various grape phytonutrients have a favorable impact on blood sugar balance, insulin regulation, and insulin sensitivity.
- One of the grape’s primary phytonutrients is resveratrol. This phytonutrient is thought to improve longevity and help obtain optimal nutrition.
- Antioxidants are found primarily in the grape skin. They help regulate oxygen-related enzymes, increase our blood levels of glutathione (a critical antioxidant nutrient), and protect cells from free radicals, among other benefits.
- Anti-inflammatory support is provided by the grape’s ability to prevent the overproduction of certain pro-inflammatory enzymes.
- Cardiovascular systems are clearly helped by the fruit’s positive effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammatory regulation.
- Cognitive benefits have been confirmed by recent studies showing significant connection between reduced brain inflammation and grape ingestion.
- Grapes may provide anti-microbial protection, in the fight against food-borne disease.
- Anti-cancer support is clearly afforded by the fruit’s wealth of phytonutrients, which reduce inflammation and free radical damage.
How should you eat grapes?
- Grapes can be a problem to eat because of pesticide residue. New evidence shows that pesticide residues are almost undetectable on organic grapes. Reduce exposure to dangerous chemicals by purchasing organic fruit.
- 15-20 grapes a day is healthy and beneficial.
- Grapes may be enjoyed ripe or frozen with full nutritional benefits.
- Store grapes in the refrigerator. They will remain fresh for up to five days.
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