Spotlight: Grapes

G is for Grapes

Red ones, green ones, purple ones, raisins, currants, wine πŸ˜› ; Grapes are so versatile, they can be eaten raw or dried and can also be made into delicious wine! They can have some pretty tremendous health benefits too!

NB Do not take this post as free reign to drink copious amounts of alcohol. Although it is thought that wine may provide some health benefits (particularly red wine), the negative effects are likely to outweigh the positives.

Anyway, back to grapes:

πŸ‡ It’s the skin and the seeds that contain the highest concentration of nutrients.

πŸ‡ Darker skinned grapes are thought to contain more beneficial nutrients than lighter ones. It’s always a good idea to “eat a rainbow” to make sure you get the fullest range of nutrients from your foods.

πŸ‡ Grapes are a good source of fibre and water.

πŸ‡ 1 cup of fresh grapes provides you with 25% of your daily recommended amount of Vitamin K, which helps support healthy blood coagulation.

πŸ‡ Grapes are savoured as a health food because of the phytonutrients that they contain.

πŸ‡ One particular phytonutrient found in grape skins is Resveratrol which is thought to help prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce blood clots and lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol.

πŸ‡ Grapes contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help maintain eye health.