Grapes are diverse and tasty fruit! However, as with most fruits, they are also packed full of sugar. Therefore, a diet spent munching grapes or purely drinking wine might not be the best for you!
That being said, there are actually plenty of fun facts about grapes and their nutrition which might well impress you. Here are just a few for you to chew over when you next pick up a bunch!
1. Grapes really are good for you.
As with many types of fruit, grapes are packed with wonderful nutrients. In particular, they are a fantastic source of Vitamin C, as well as copper and potassium. You’ll also find that they offer you a fair amount of Vitamin K, more so than any other nutrient.
2. But, watch the sugar.
However, grapes can be fairly carby. For every 100 calories’ worth of grapes, you can expect to claim back 26-27g carbohydrates. As you can imagine, much of this is going to be natural sugar. Remember that natural sugar is always better than added sweetener!
3. That said…
Grapes have a very low glycaemic index. This means that they will barely impact your blood sugar. Despite the fact that you’re going to expect about 23g of sugar per cup of grapes, some studies believe that a grape diet might actually help to keep blood sugar levels low.
4. The psychological impact of a grape!
It’s thought that grapes could affect your mood and memory. Studies have shown that grape diets can help to inspire better moods, as well as to improve scores on cognitive testing. Studies are ongoing but eating a couple of grapes occasionally might help to ease that mental strain.
5. Grapes are superfoods.
Grapes are also well-known for being high in antioxidants. This means that they are going to work hard to protect your cells against free radicals, meaning that your immunity and bodily strength are preserved in the bargain.
6. Good for your gut, too!
A grape diet may also help to aid your digestion. It’s thought that while grapes only have a small amount of fiber per cup, regularly eating them may help to regulate your movements.
7. Could they help your peepers?
Some studies also believe that grapes may be healthy for the eyes. Your eyes are going to need a certain number of proteins to be able to function at a healthy level, and it seems that grapes can help to provide these elements. They also contain a handful of carotenoids, which may help to protect your eyesight.
8. Bones love grapes, too.
Grapes can also help to improve your overall bone health. Thanks to high levels in minerals such as potassium and manganese, a bunch of grapes is likely to boost your skeletal strength by an impressive extent. However, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of studies into grapes and human bone strength just yet.
9. Are grapes the secret to long life?
Studies also suggest that grapes, high in resveratrol, may help to keep you living for longer. Resveratrol is thought to be linked to longevity through your genes, meaning that if you much a few grapes every now and again, you might just have a chance at living longer than you expect.
FAQs about Grapes
Are grapes good or bad for you?
They are definitely good for you - but they are also packed with (albeit natural) sugar!
Are grapes good as diet food?
They can be - they have no fat content and are very low on calories!
What’s a healthy portion of grapes?
A healthy portion of grapes, or a serving at least, is around 10 to 11 grapes.
Do you know any fun facts about grapes? Share them in the comments below!