Green grapes have around 69 calories per 100-gram serving. While the sugar content of grapes is quite high, they are essentially fat-free, providing less than 1 gram per serving. They are an excellent source of manganese and Vitamin K and offer 18.1 grams of total carbs, 0.9 grams of fiber, 0.7 grams protein, and 15.5 grams of sugar.
Botanically classified as berries, grapes come from a woody vine of the Vitis flowering plant. They are eaten fresh and used for making wine, jelly, jam, vinegar, grape seed oil, and raisins. There are 8 species of grapes, out of which 6 are native to North America while amurensis is native to Asia and vinifera to Europe. A typical grape is green in color with a white gooey flesh and ellipsoid-shaped.
The Benefits of Grapes
1. Prevents Chronic Diseases
Grapes contain antioxidants that repair any kind of damage caused by free radicals. The harmful molecules cause oxidative stress, which leads to heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes
Study: Grapes contain resveratrol, which is an antioxidant that protects the body from low blood sugar, heart diseases, and cancerous cells.
2. Improves Heart Health
The potassium content in grapes helps in maintaining blood pressure levels.
Study: A study conducted on adults concluded that high levels of potassium can lower the risks associated with high blood pressure, which often lead to strokes.
3. Lowers Blood Sugar Level
The low glycemic index and certain compounds in grapes help lower blood sugar level. Moreover, the antioxidants in it increase insulin sensitivity, which allows the body use to glucose.
Study: In a study, the participants took grape pulp of about 20 grams for 16 weeks and experienced a decrease in blood sugar levels as compared to the control group.
4. Boosts Eye Health
Certain chemicals in grapes provide protection against eye diseases.
Study: According to a study, the antioxidant resveratrol protects the retinal cells from ultraviolet light and lowers the risks associated with macular degeneration.
Our Favorite Grapes Recipe
- Black Hamburgh
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Chasselas (Golden)
- Frontenac Grape
- Madeleine Angevine
- Madeleine Silvaner
- Muscat Bleu (Black)
- Muscat Hamburg
- Muscat of Alexandria
- Perlette – seedless
- Pinot Blanc
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Seyve Villard
- Triomphe Dalsace
- Vitis Riparia
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