Grapes are easy to incorporate into a healthy diet. Here are a few ways you can enjoy them:
- Eat grapes plain as a snack.
- Freeze grapes for a cool treat.
- Add chopped grapes to a vegetable or chicken salad.
- Use grapes in a fruit salad.
- Add grapes or grape juice to a smoothie.
- Add grapes to a cheese board for an appetizer or dessert.
- Drink 100% grape juice.
- Grapes contain many important vitamins and minerals, including more than one-quarter of the RDIs for vitamins C and K.
- Grapes are high in antioxidants, beneficial plant compounds that may protect against chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
- Grapes contain many beneficial plant compounds, such as resveratrol, that may protect against various types of cancer, including colon cancer and breast cancer.
- Compounds in grapes and red wine may protect against heart disease. Grapes may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Though grapes are high in sugar, they have a low glycemic index. Additionally, compounds in grapes may protect against high blood sugar.
- Grapes contain several compounds, such as resveratrol, lutein and zeaxanthin, that may protect against common eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.
- Grapes contain compounds that may improve memory, attention and mood and may protect against Alzheimer’s disease, though more human-based research is needed to confirm some of these benefits.
- Grapes contain many nutrients important for bone health, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin K. Studies in rats have shown that grapes may have protective effects on bones, but human studies are needed to confirm these benefits.
- Resveratrol in grapes has been shown to activate genes associated with slower aging and longer lifespan.