Who says tasty foods can’t be healthy? Red grapes are delicious, juicy, and healthy! There are over 200 varieties of red grapes found all over the world and their health benefits are numerous. Studies have shown that red grapes can be beneficial in preventing cancer and are also helpful as anti-aging creams.
Red grapes have high concentrations of flavonoids.
Have you ever wondered what gives grapes their brilliant red color? Flavonoids, namely resveratrol and quercitin, not only add color to the fruit but also provide significant health benefits.
Resveratrol plays an important role in protecting you from heart disease. Grapes increase the nirtric oxide levels in the blood, which prevent blood clots, and thus reduce chances of heart attacks. Resveratrol also prevents the growth of cancerous cells.
Quercetin, another flavonoid found in grapes acts as an antioxidant and helps in controlling cholesterol. Its antihistamine effects also help in the treatment of various allergies.
Red grapes also contain high amounts of saponins. These are chemicals found on the outer skin of the grape, which control cholesterol levels in the blood and prevent heart disease. Sapononins also have antiviral, antibacterial anti-tumor characteristics. This could be because of their positive effect on the immune system. These are only some of the many health benefits of red grapes.
Other health benefits of red grapes make red grapes great anti-aging, anti-wrinkle and longevity agents. They also help smooth and shine your skin.
They are also high in nutrition and low in calories. A cup of red grapes will provide you with Vitamin C and B, and manganese and potassium, and will have only 61 calories. For a more detailed breakdown, refer to the chart below.
Grapes with high amounts of antioxidants are those that are fully ripe. These will also taste the best. Plump and wrinkle free grapes are fully ripened. They should be intact, firmly attached to the stem and the area around the stem should be the same color as the rest of the grape. They shouldn’t be leaking juice.
Color is one factor through which you can assess the sweetness of grapes. For red grapes, go for the ones which are mostly red. Green grapes should a have yellowish hue, and purple and blue-black grapes should be rich and deep in color.
Grapes should always be stored in the refrigerator as they tend to ferment and spoil at room temperature. Loosely wrap unwashed grapes in a paper towel and place them in an airtight container or plastic bag. This will enable them to stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Most health benefits of red grapes can be attained through red wine, but if you eat the fruit as a whole, you’ll get the added benefit of fiber. This is good for your skin and helps indigestion.
Red grapes can also be eaten in the form of jams and jellies Try to stick to brands that are low in added sugar and preservatives for maximum benefit. You can also puree them or simply add them to yogurt or smoothies.
Frozen red grapes make a delightful snack, especially for children. To freeze grapes, wash and pat them dry, then arrange them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer grapes to a heavy plastic bag and return them to the freezer. Freezing however, does take away some of their flavor.
Although the health benefits of red grapes are numerous and well acknowledged be sure to consult your physician or dietitian before making significant changes in your diet. And watch out for any allergies that you or your family members might have, before consuming any foods.
Red grapes are not just tasty but also healthy, so gorge on. Happy eating!