The grape is one of the most popular fruits not only for its taste but also for its countless healing qualities.
Health experts claim that grape is a valuable ally for our health but also for our beauty with many consider it as the “king” of fruit thanks to its incomparable ingredients. Directly connected with Greek mythology ,the god Dionysus and the summer, the grape impresses with its characteristic delicious flavor, its remarkable antioxidant action and its highly nutrient content.
Its composition bears few calories – 100 grams provide only 69 kcal – and it is known as a rich source of metals such as copper, iron, calcium and manganese.
According to the Greek Nutrition Institute, grapes are also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K, and they offer valuable carotenoids, B complex vitamins (such as pyridoxine, riboflavin and thiamine) and, finally they contain a high concentration of electrolytes such as potassium.
The characteristic of the grapes is that depending on their color, one can distinguish their variety. The color also reveals the presence of polyphenol substances, which are compounds with strong antioxidant and anti-tumor activity. Specifically, the red or purple color is rich in anthocyanins, while the white or green color in tannins.
Vitamin A helps us maintain our good vision, while the strong presence of anthocyanins (another class of polyphenolics found in abundance in red grapes) have anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and anti-tumor properties while at the same time they strengthen the eye vessels and slow down the aging of vision and the development of retinal diseases.
In addition to their protective effect on vision, and due to their highly antioxidant properties, anthocyanins along with polyphenols prevent the creation and action of free radicals, strengthen the walls of the vessels and reduce inflammation, exerting both anti-aging and cardio protective properties action.
What’s more the flavonoids, which are also abundant in red grapes, strengthen the immune system, protect the heart, vessels and lungs and radiate the skin.
Another fact that makes the consumption of grapes so important for human health is the fact that this fruit is rich in resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that has a protective role against colon and prostate cancer, coronary artery disease and Alzheimer’s. Resveratrol also reduces the risk of stroke.
Additionally, the grape is a rich source of fiber, which contributes to good bowel function and can help in dyspepsia and constipation.
A false impression people have about grapes is that when you eat grapes you put on weight . The answer to this is that its concentration in natural sugar does not differ significantly from that of the other fruit, so the rule that applies to the other foods it is the same for the grape, too … what makes people put on weight is the large amount of food they consume and not the food itself! There is no reason not to include in your diet such an important for your health fruit. Just remember not to eat too much!