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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