Grapes are one of the simplest, most common fruits out there, and they’re consumed all over the world. Though they’re often eaten raw as a snack or appetizer, they’re also frequently consumed in the form of juice or wine. We’ve heard all about the health benefits of wine, but you don’t need to drink any booze to obtain the health benefits of grapes. In fact, you can just munch on them between meals, keeping you full and hydrated in the process. Here are just a few of the health benefits you should consider:
Like so many other fruits and veggies, grapes contain high levels of antioxidants that can help fight free radicals in the body. Antioxidants bind to these rogue oxygen molecules, which are suspected to cause cancer and other health issues.
In particular, grapes contain high levels of polyphenols. Medical News Today reports that polyphenols may help prevent cancers of the mouth, lungs, pancreas, prostate, esophagus and colon.
Instead of taking harsh laxatives or trying to eat more bread, simply add a handful of grapes to your routine. Grapes are a natural, gentle laxative that contain plenty of hydrating water alongside stores of fiber. This combination promotes regularity in a pleasant and delicious way.
As an added bonus, grapes are also really good for your heart. Grapes contain a flavonoid called quercetin that helps protect against LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and inflammation. Additionally, the fiber and potassium content of grapes is amazing for cardiovascular health—no wonder why so many people swear by a glass of red wine per day.
A Low-GI Snack
If you have blood sugar issues, you still need to consume grapes only in moderation, but you can take comfort in the fact that they’re considered a low-GI food (that is, their minimal glucose content puts them low on the glycemic index).
Phyto (or plant) nutrients can only be obtained from, well, plants. Grapes are a shining example of produce that can contain a diverse array of phytonutrients. These ingredients are a cocktail of healthy nutrients that can play a big role in longevity. In fact, World’s Healthiest Foods reported that the phytonutrient resveratrol, which is found in abundance in grapes, has as many longevity-increasing benefits as calorie restriction.
Finally, those exact phytonutrients that may increase your lifespan can also support skin health. A recent study actually found that the consumption of resveratrol found in red grapes could reduce symptoms of acne. More research is needed to clarify whether or not this is really the case and whether or not resveratrol needs to be applied topically in order to be effective for combating acne.
Nonetheless, what is already proven is that antioxidants can reduce signs of skin aging and keep you looking young longer. So when it comes to grapes, there’s certainly no harm in eating up!