Sunday, October 19, 2008

Day 203- Nutrition Bite

The health benefits of grapes are numerous. Grapes contain beneficial compounds called flavonoids, which are phytonutrients. The phytonutrients give the vibrant purple color to grapes, grape juice and red wine; the stronger the color, the higher the concentration of flavonoids. These flavonoid compounds include quercitin, as well as a second flavonoid-type compound (falling into the chemical category of stilbenes)called resveratrol. Both compounds appear to decrease the risk of heart disease by:
  • Reducing platelet clumping and harmful blood clots
  • Protecting LDL cholesterol from the free radical damage that initiates LDL's artery-damaging actions
  • Grapes and products made from grapes, such as wine and grape juice may protect the French population from the common high-fat diet. Diets high in saturated fats, like butter and lard as well as lifestyle habits like smoking are risk factors for heart disease. Yet, French people with smoking habits and high saturated fat diets have a lower risk of heart attacks than Americans. One clue that may help explain the 'French paradox' is their frequent consumption of grapes and red wine.
Sugar Preacher's Experience
Grapes are a perfect snack! I love taking a zip lock bag of grapes to work. Grapes give me the needed energy to work with enthusiastic teenagers!


Tricky Trader said...

Yesterday, I picked and delivered several pounds of grapes to my tenants in South Salt Lake, all of whom are chain smokers. It's good to see what health benefits they are receiving. I'll be sure not to let any grapes die on the vine this year.

Steph and Bran said...

Frozen grapes are also good. Does that change the nutritional value at all?

The Sugar Preacher, M.S., M.Ed. said...

Nutritional value is preserved with freezing. However, vitamins and minerals are lost with microwaving, baking, and boiling. Frozen grapes are a great snack!