Fruity Patooty: Grapes

Yum, yum! A handful of plump, juicy grapes is the perfect afternoon snack. These little sweet and tart jewels have a powerful antioxidant and phytonutrient punch and are bursting with other important nutrients.

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Nutritional value per 1 cup of raw (green or purple) grapes:
– 104 calories
– 0g trans fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g total fat
– 28% (DV) Vitamin K
– 27% (DV) Vitamin C
– 8% (DV) Potassium
– 7% (DV) Thiamin
– 6% (DV) Vitamin B6

Heath benefits of grapes:
– A low glycemic index food which can help regulate insulin and balance blood sugar
– Aids in reducing bad LDL cholesterol
– Can reduce symptoms of indigestion, constipation and act as a digestive aid
– May prevent infections in different systems throughout the body, due to strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties
– Enhances neurological health, protects against degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s by preventing plaque build up and increasing blood flow to the brain
– Protects eye health and prevents cataracts by reducing damage that is caused by free radicals
– Helps reduce chances of a heart attack, heart disease and strokes and overall aids in cardiovascular health
– Aids in weight loss by reducing a cell’s ability to store fat
– Studies have shown that grapes have positive anti-cancer effects on the body
– Concord grapes can produce an anti-inflammatory response in the body (from the polyphenols)
– Rich in vitamins C and K, it can help boost/support your immune system

There are many great reasons to munch on grapes. They are high in natural sugars and should be eaten in moderation. I could not find too many vegan recipes using grapes but here is a few. Don’t forget to buy organic and to support local farmers! ๐Ÿ™‚

Vegan Breakfast Cobbler Recipe: http://ohsheglows.com/2010/08/28/will-run-for-breakfast-cobbler/

Vegetarian Rosemary and Balsamic Roasted Grapes and Olives Recipe: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/rosemary-and-balsamic-roasted-grapes-and-olives/

Vegetarian Concord Grape Jam Recipe: http://chefinyou.com/2011/10/concord-grapes-jam/

Need to know more about grapes? Check out these sources:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/1920/2
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=40
http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-grapes.html
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/8-healthy-facts-about-grapes
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-miracle-healing-powers-of-grapes.html
http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/five-health-benefits-of-concord-grapes/

Photo credit: Ryan Opaz via photopin cc

*This blog is not intended to give professional medical advice and you should always check with your healthcare practitioners before trying anything new or regularly.

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