Some people think the only good thing you can get from grapes is wine or jam. But the humble grape has so much more to offer our overall health. Integrating it into your daily diet can help prevent serious health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and even some forms of cancer.
Having been around over 8,000 years, this healthy berry is nutrient dense which means it provides a large amount of essential nutrients with few calories. Also, like many fruits, it has a high water content which helps keep you hydrated.
Grapes are high in antioxidants important for eye health such as lutein and zeaxanthin, and red grapes contain the phytochemical resveratrol in their skins, the antioxidant synonymous with wine known to lend protection from several chronic diseases and conditions.
In addition to the antioxidant benefits, grapes have earned the status of ‘super food’ because they have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer (lung, mouth, pancreatic, prostate and colon), heart and cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney stones, constipation (grapes contain fibre), and even some allergy symptoms.
Looking to take advantage of the benefits grapes have to offer? There are a variety of different ways you can enjoy grapes – raw, in jelly or jam, juice, raisins, or wine. Here are few tips for integrating more grapes into your daily diet.
- Slice grapes in half and add them to chicken salad
- Create your own fruit cocktail – grapes, pineapple, sliced peaches/nectarines and strawberries. For an added sweetness, drizzle a small amount of honey on top.
- Freeze grapes and have them as a snack on a hot day
- Have a quick 100-calories snack with a 1 cup of fresh grapes (about 32 grapes)
- Keep snack packs of raisins at your desk or in your bag for a quick nibble