Grapes, popularly know as the queen of fruits, have long been used in preparation of sinful desserts and refreshing fruit bowls in our life. This fruit also has given us the famous drink of all the couples, the wine. Never the less this mouth watering fruit has lots of health benefits which often gets un recognized.
Grapes come in different varieties as well as colours – green, red, blue, purple and black. While majority of the production of grapes in the world are used by the wine making industry, the remaining lot is consumed as fruits and a small portion is used in making dried fruits.
Tracing its roots, it is said that grapes were first domestically cultivated in the Middle East, where it soon became popular when the city of Shiraz started using it to make wine. Eventually, other countries also started growing it and using it in the wine making process.
Grapes are easily available in the markets throughout the year. The vine containing the cluster of berries are not only pretty to look at and delicious with its sweet and tarty taste, but are loaded with essential nutrients that work for the well-being of the body.
Researchers and many studies have found that including grapes in one’s diet can actually be good for health as it has numerous health benefiting properties –
1. Loaded with Antioxidants
. Point to note: The antioxidant content is the highest in the seeds and the skin. So, do make use of them.
2. Prevents Skin Problems
. According to a study conducted by the team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), resveratrol, when combined with a common acne medication benzoyl peroxide, fights the acne causing bacteria.
3. High Source of Potassium
can invite many health-related problems. Cutting down on salt intake and focusing on potassium-rich fiber can help in getting a flat stomach.
4. Good for the Eyes
in the retinas, which is the part of the eye that contains the cells that respond to light, known as photoreceptors.
5. Boost Brain Power
6. Good for the Knees
7. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
effect in our body. As such it brings about relief to the arteries, promotes heart health and helps in other repair functions of the body.
How to Include Grapes in Your Diet
Cooking with Grapes
The juicy flesh and the sweet and tarty flavour make this fruit an ideal ingredient to cook with. Enjoy them whole by adding them to fruit bowls and summer salads. Try and get your hands on the different coloured grapes (blue and red) to add some drama to your dish. Team them with pearl barley, lettuce, chopped cucumber, capsicum – choices are aplenty!
Coming to baking, you can use them to make berry tarts and clafoutis, top them on pavlovas or pannacottas, roast them along with chicken, or make tea cakes. You could also use them to make sweet and spicy chutneys, compotes and sauces; shake up some refreshing mocktails; or even use them to make sorbets.