Since ancient times, many cultures have considered grapes as the “queen of fruits.” There are over 8,000 varieties of grapes, from purple to red, black, dark blue, yellow or green, but the concord grapes here in California are the best I’ve ever tasted. California actually produces the most grapes sold across the US.
Interesting fact – there are about 72 million tons of grapes that are grown worldwide every year, and most of these grapes are used to make wine.
Grapes are high in water content and only contain 104 calories per cup. Swab the 100-calorie snack packs for these and you'll actually keep your body hydrated, regulate digestion, and maintaining a healthy weight. They also contain a good amount of protein, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, iron, vitamins A and C, potassium and folate.
These powerful antioxidants in grapes have shown to slow down and prevent certain types of cancer, such as lung, mouth, esophageal, pharynx, endometrial, pancreatic, prostate, breast and colon cancer. Also the fiber and potassium in grapes regulate your blood pressure, and prevent blood clots, so you also have a lowered risk of developing heart disease and stroke, as well as in the formation of kidney stones.
Because of the natural anti-inflammatory properties found in grapes, they make a good home remedy for migraine, cold, flu or fever. They help ease allergies like runny nose and watery eyes. Plus its high levels of magnesium, iron and phosphorus improve your energy levels and ease fatigue. These nutrients are also responsible in keeping your bones strong and healthy.
Grapes are also known as a brain food. Including them in your daily diet can improve your memory and lower your risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
But aside from all these health benefits, grapes also work wonders on your skin. They are loaded with vitamin C, which makes them one of the best anti-aging fruits. They also protect against sun damage, lighten scars, cleanse your skin, and even treat acne and oily skin.
One of the best things about grapes is they can usually be found year round. When buying, always choose grapes that have wrinkle free skins and no cuts or cracks, as they may indicate lesser nutrients. Grapes keep best in the fridge wrapped in a paper towel and placed in an airtight container.
You can also store them in the freezer. Frozen grapes are a delicious snack on a hot summer day. You can consume them in smoothies, juiced or mixed in salads. It's best to always buy organic and give them a good rinse before before eating.
Other benefits include:
- Boost eye health
- Cleanse your kidneys
- Ease asthma
- Treat sexual dysfunction
- Promote healthy hair