Grapes are one of the most convenient and sought after fruits, that are not only tasty, but also inexpensive. These morsels of goodness serve as great after meal or break-time snacks. Here, we will discuss more on the benefits that grapes may bring when consumed more regularly in your diet plan.
1) Rich in nutrients that can boost immunity
Rich in minerals and vitamins C ( antioxidant that protects cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals) and K (essential for blood clotting, bone and heart health)
2) Packed with beneficial antioxidants
- Grapes are rich in antioxidants with red grapes in particularly higher amounts due to its colour.
- One of the antioxidants, known as resveratrol, is said to promote heart health, control blood sugar levels and may even protect against cancer.
- These antioxidants are also said to have anti-aging effects as it helps reduce inflammation in the body, improve brain functions.
3) Promotes quality sleep
Natural melatonin in grapes helps to promote a good night’s rest which can help individuals suffering from insommia.
4) Protects Vision
- Lutein and zeaxanthin are 2 compounds that are essential in promoting healthy vision.
- It may also help in reducing the risks of age related macular degeneration and cataracts.
5) Help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol
- Grapes contain potassium which is necessary in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels
- Red grapes may help to reduce cholesterol levels by reducing the cholesterol absorption in the body.
Grapes VS Rasins
- It is said that raisins, which are the dried out forms of grapes contain 3 times more antioxidants due to how it is being processed.
- However, the sugar content and calories significantly increases in raisins as compared to fresh grapes
- Essentially, both raisins and grapes can serve as great snacks but need to be consumed in moderation. 1 handful for raisins and 1 – 2 cups for grapes.
- Individuals suffering from diabetes should avoid consuming raisins.
Conclusion : It is advisable to choose red / black grapes due to higher amounts of antioxidants present.
By : Alvin Ho
B (Eng), MBA, Certified Allied Healthcare/Fitness Professional (EIMS), Master Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutrition, Resistance & Endurance Training Specialist (NFPT)