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The Beneficial Grape

Beneficial GrapesSince I have always enjoyed the unique taste of grapes, it is great to know that they not only taste good but are very health beneficial as well.

After you read all these great benefits of grapes, I am sure you will run right out to the grocery and pick some up!

One cup of grapes has almost as much fiber as a slice of whole wheat bread, a good amount of potassium, just a trace of fat and little more than 100 calories.

But their most potent benefits lie in their phytonutrients, particularly in the compound resveratrol, (found within the skin of grapes of all colors), which may help prevent several kinds of cancer and heart disease. Resveratrol may also fight breast, skin and colon cancers.

Although scientists don’t completely understand it’s protective effects, part of it’s magic lies in it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Resveratrol protects the grape from fungal infections, so similar mechanisms may be what protect us from cancer. Grapes are also packed with other flavenoids that may help prevent cancer and heart disease.

The best sources of resveratrol, besides unpeeled grapes themselves, are red wine and raisins (dried whole grapes).

Now that you know how good they are for you, be sure to eat them often for your health’s sake!!

Emily

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4 comments to The Beneficial Grape

  • I would never have guessed they would have that much fiber. Does it matter if they are green or red grapes?

    One thing to keep in mind for pet lovers – this does not hold true for dogs. Grapes and Raisins have a toxin that effects dog’s kidney function and causes kidney damage and can lead to kidney failure.

    Just thought I’d throw that out since a lot of people think that if a food is good for humans it will also be good for dogs.

  • Hi Christy! Thanks for visiting my site. In answer to your question, it doesn’t matter if they are red or green. Both have the same fiber content and nutrient values. 🙂

  • Thanks for the information Christy! I did not know that and I’m sure others will find this helpful for keeping their pets safe! 🙂

  • Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you will come again soon. I love your chocolate pecan pie…one of my favorites. Thanks. Great information on the grapes.

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