Red Grapes. Green Grapes. It doesn’t matter what kind of grapes. What does matter is grapes are good for you.
Many early conceptions of grape eating were in in Royal quarters with a bunch of servants feeding their leader grapes. With an origination from Greek Mythology, the god Dionysus (Bacchus in Roman) was depicted in many forms of art with his grape vines. The fruits were named Staphylos (Greek for grapes) after Dionysus’ Shepherd who was said to have discovered the plant full of fruits and because he was excited by the taste he presented some to the king, Eneas, in order to please him. The king squeezed the juicy fruits to enjoy their rich juice. This juice was then named Oinos (Greek for wine) by Dionysus. Dionysus was loved and adored by the people because he introduced them to the great taste of wine. The people became his followers because the wine they drank with Dionysus made them smile, dance and be merry.
Nowadays, it has been discovered that grapes have much more to offer you than good taste and pleasure from eating the fruits and drinking the wine. According to nutritional data, grapes have a low estimated glycemic load which is recommended for management of diabetes and also for dietary needs in weight loss. Grapes have a mild effect on inflammation and have also been found to improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risks of heart attack and high blood pressure as they are high in antioxidants and fibers.
Vitamins and nutrients found in grapes are Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Flavonoids, Potassium and Manganese. Vitamin C is an antioxidant to help your body get rid of free radicals which can attack your cells and weaken your immune system. Vitamin B1 is for a boost of energy and may also improve nervous system functionality. Flavonoids and Potassium in grapes improve blood circulation and reduce your chances of having blood clots which can lead to stroke and increased risk for heart disease. Manganese assists with calcium absorption which allows the body to build stronger bones and connective tissue. Red wine, in moderation, also contains Resveratrol which is a powerful antioxidant and may help increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) to protect against artery damage, prevent damage to blood vessels and reduce risk of inflammation, blood clots and heart disease.
Grapes can be eaten raw or cooked; however, it is recommended they be eaten raw because the skins and juices contain all the vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidant properties that some of which may be lost in the cooking process. Raw grapes are a quick and easy snack and they contain natural sugars that should give you a boost of energy. Grapes can also be used to make wine, jam, juice, jelly, grape seed extract, raisins, vinegar, and grape seed oil.
So go ahead grab those grapes, eat, drink, smile, dance and be healthy.