Grapes! Now doesn’t this one fruit bring water to your mouth whether eaten as it is, taken in dried form or as wine? We can hear you saying “Yeah”! Grapes fall into the category of finger foods and are popular because of their unique taste that is a blend of juicy flesh. When it comes to your teeth, your mouth is filled with juice that is both sweet and sour. It was something about the taste that you all know in some way or the other. But what we are more interested in is to make you aware of the healthful benefits of this small fruit punch. We have compiled a list of interesting facts about grapes that are going to make you go wow with surprise and awe:
1. An Anti-aging Agent!
Many studies have proved the Anti-aging property of grapes. Its constitution of around 20 popular anti-oxidants makes it the most sought-after beautifying product. A phytonutrient called resveratrol found moderately in grapes contributes a lot towards long life and taking off wrinkles and fine lines from your face.
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2. A Fruit For All!
Once, it was a matter of debate that whether grapes should be consumed by the diabetics or not, but recent studies have knocked out this confusion by disclosing that Glycemic Index (GI) of grapes make it an ideal fruit for all. The Glycemic Index (GI) of more than 55 can enhance your blood-sugar level. Since the GI of grapes is only 46, it’s an ideal fruit for all, even for the diabetics.
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3. Versatile consumption
Can you imagine how this very fruit can be put to different consumption ways apart from eating raw, raisin form, and wine? Grapes can be used as a low-calorie snack or can be transformed into a healthy and tasty dessert. Some of the relishing dishes made out of grapes are jelly, jam, juice, salad mix, and sauce.
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4. Wondrous grape-seed oil
Grape seeds are said to be used as various remedial measures, and its use is enhanced since its oil is started to be extracted with advanced technology. It is a rich source of Vitamin E and F. Because of its virtues, grape-seed oil is also used as an ingredient in various cosmetics.
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5. Its Skin is not a Waste!
If you think that grape pulp is everything; and its skin and seeds are of no use; you are wrong. Rather, pulp contains a little share of nutrients than those are found in its skin and seeds. Majority of the anti-oxidants and the other vitamins and nutrients are found in its skin and seeds.
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6. The Grape Festival
Amazed! Yes, it’s true! In many parts of the world, grape festivals are organized to celebrate the harvest of grapes and its products like wine and other beverages. Naples is the home to the Grape Festival in New York.
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7. A Friend To Your Health!
Grapes are one of those few fruits that are associated with preventing various ailments. Due to its fiber content and blood purification attribute, it is recommended in diseases like cancer, anemia, blood pressure, constipation, and heart disease.
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8. A Foe to Your Knee Pain!
Several studies have proved that polyphenols found in grapes tend to mitigate knee pain if the fruit is included in the regular diet. Along with relief in knee pain, the flexibility of joints and increased mobility is also noticed in the research.
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Grapes and their seed extracts; both contain the antihistamine and the anti-inflammatory ingredients, which aid in removing allergens from your body. A runny nose, sneezing, congestion, hay fever, and eczema are some of the ailments that can be relieved by having grapes in regular diet.
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10. What! Raisins are also Grapes!
Raisins are actually dried grapes, and therefore their water content is severely low in comparison to grapes. On the contrary, raisin’s sugar and calorie concentration are three times higher compared to grapes.
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11. Treasure-captured Grape Leaves
It will amaze you, but it’s true. Grapevine leaves are edible and full of nutrients. It’s loaded with Calcium and Magnesium and fulfills 10% and 7% of the minerals respectively in the human body by munching on only 1 ounce of vine leaves. Grape leaves are also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
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12. Gospel of Wine
So, people out there who are fond of wine, there is a good news for you! Varied researches are done on wine and people have already disclosed the outcome that wine if taken moderately is good for cardiovascular health. 1 glass for women and 2 glasses for men on a daily basis is recommended by researchers.
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13. Secret of French People
According to research, the percentage of French people for heart disease is much lower than other countries because of their love for red wine. Red wine is actually the only wine that is fermented with the whole grape (including its skin). So, it contains all the nutrients from the skin as well and benefits French by preventing their arteries blockage and other heart problems.
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14. Grapes For Kidney Stones!
Grapes can reduce the acidity of urine and therefore they are recommended for urine infections. Moreover, grape juice is also helpful in throwing out the stones and induce normal urination to increase the bile flow and waste products of the body.
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15. Herbal Laxative
Constipation is an emerging ailment in the modern world. Thankfully, grapes are there to induce motion by attacking the syndrome with their fibrous nature. Persons with chronic constipation are recommended to take 200 ml of grape juice on a daily basis.
16. Boon for Eyesight
Grape seeds contain flavonoid compounds, which make up an ideal diet for eyesight and aids in treating night blindness, retinal degeneration, and weak vision. The richness of flavonoids in grapes can be measured by its color. Deeper the color more is the flavonoid.
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17. Caution with Consumption
Grapes are said to be high on pesticide residues, and therefore the organic one is given the preference. But what if organic grapes are not found easily? Then, you have to take pains and soak them in water with little bit of salt for some time after which they become edible.