The anti-inflammatory properties of grapes allow them to act as natural pain relievers. Grapes are an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet and have been shown to reduce joint inflammation.
Grapes are sweet, tasty and help to protect the heart. Purple, black, golden, red and green grapes are the most common types of grapes. Fresh grapes taste best if they are eaten within the first two or three days after purchase. Fresh grapes will keep for about two weeks in the fridge.
How Many Calories are in Grapes?
Grapes are a delicious and comparatively low-calorie food. One cup of raw Concord grapes contains 62 calories. 8 fl. ounces of Welch’s red grape juice contains 170 calories. That’s the number of calories you burn in less than 15 minutes of swimming.
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Grape Nutritional Value
There are many advantages to eating grapes. Grapes contain flavonoids, which support heart health in many ways. Flavonoids strengthen capillary walls. Flavonoids are also powerful antioxidants.
Even though LDL is called bad cholesterol, it is actually benign and only does damage when it is oxidized by free radicals. One of the ways in which grapes support heart health is by protecting LDL cholesterol from free radical damage.
When LDL cholesterol is damaged by free radicals, it is more likely to cause damage to the arteries. The French consume a lot more grape products-such as wine-than people in some other parts of the world. Apparently this consumption of grapes helps protect them from the negative effects of a rich, high-fat diet.
The French eat 4 times the amount of butter and lard that Americans do, and have a higher blood pressure on average. French people also have higher cholesterol levels than Americans, yet the French are 2.5 times less likely to die of coronary heart disease.
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Grapes also help to fight inflammation. Grape powder has been shown to reduce joint inflammation in rats. Resveratrol is one of the constituents of grapes which fight inflammation.
Resveratrol is found in grape seeds. Resveratrol is also found in grape skins and red wine.
Inflammation in the blood vessels can interfere with the action of insulin in the body. Reduced inflammation decreases the risk of developing insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. More research is pointing to inflammation as a root cause of Type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, found that inflammation instigated by macrophages (immune cells) caused insulin resistance, which then led to Type 2 diabetes. The same discovery has been made by a research team at the University of San Diego, California.
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Eat Grapes for a Healthy Diet
- Grapes can be used to make a parfait, with ice cream or with yoghurt.
- Grapes can be mashed with potatoes or chicken and applesauce and given to babies.
- Grapes can be served with tuna in a tuna salad sandwich.
- Grape recipes include grapes in salads, such as chicken salad or shrimp salad.
- Thompson Seedless grapes are the grapes popularly used to make raisins. Raisins can be enjoyed by themselves or added to healthy recipes.
- Grapes can be served with a variety of cheeses.
- Grapes halves can be placed on top of cheese cake.
- Grapes can be used as a garnish, for desserts or main dishes.
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