How many grapes do you eat every week? Grapes are a wonderful addition to a healthy diet. Responsive Health takes a look at the ten health benefits of eating grapes along with some recipes for incorporating grapes into breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Prevent heart disease. A study from the Journal of Nutrition showed that eating fresh grapes could prevent the accumulation of harmful oxidized cholesterol and atherosclerotic lesions. This means less coronary heart disease from plaque build up on the walls of your arteries. The polyphenol called “resveratrol” in the grape skin breaks down bad cholesterol. It can also be found in grape juice, grape jelly, and wine.
- Fight illness. Grapes are high in another polyphenol called “tannin.” Canadian scientists discovered that tannin eliminated disease-forming viruses in test tubes; tannins move into the intestinal tract and protect from viruses and tumors alike.
- Fight cancer. Grapes have a high level of caffeic acid. Caffeic acid helps fight cancer. Read more about this in Johanna Brandt’s book, The Grape Cure.
- Prevent brain damage from strokes. Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia show that grapes prevent brain damage in the event of a stroke.
- Boost brain activity. Grapes have a significant amount of potassium and increase brain activity.
- Boost metabolism. Grapes have a light laxative effect that boosts metabolism. A handful of grapes can do wonders for dieting.
- Increase calorie burning. As grapes clean out your cholesterol and intestines and strengthen your heart, they increase your blood flow and help with calorie burning. They compliment workouts very well.
- Enhance endurance. Grapes flush the system out and make it more active for longer; don’t worry about exhausting yourself as quickly with your workout when you have grapes on your side!
- Helps stave off tuberculosis. Patients in the first stage of tuberculosis are told to include a higher amount of grapes in their diet.
- Grapes are mostly water. Grapes are anywhere from 65-85% water, which means low calories and high hydration.
Of course, it’s fair to mention one cautionary factor about grapes: they’re no good for a mouth with cavities. Make sure to rinse your mouth out with mouth wash after consumption, especially if you have cavities for the grape juice to eat away at.
Try one of these three exciting recipes to add grapes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner:
Breakfast: Lemon Yogurt
Whip 1/2 pound of low fat yogurt with a tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/3 pound of grapes. Enjoy!
Lunch: Grape Pancakes
- Mix 2-3 tablespoons of flour, 1/2 glass of water of water and one egg. Make a few pancakes.
- Wrap the pancakes around 1/4 pound of low fat cottage cheese, 1 tablespoon of mineral water, and 2 oz of grapes.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Dinner: Rice with Shrimps and Grapes
- Boil 5 tablespoons of rice. Add 1/4 pound of grapes.
- Fry 5-6 shrimps with olive oil and put them on top of rice mixed with grapes.