Eating purple grapes and potential health benefits

Health benefits from red and purple grapes.

If you enjoy eating grapes you may like to know about the heart and brain health benefits you receive from concord grapes and grape products. Researchers have determined that consuming red and/or purple grapes and grape juice each day may improve memory and support heart health. Grapes are one of the main natural dietary sources of resveratrol, which is a phytochemical or nutrient that is a plant-based nutrient that appears to have health promoting effects.

According to food science researchers, resveratrol is a natural compound and is found in the skins of deep-purple concord grapes and has a protective effect on brain, heart health and promoting immune health.

A recent published report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that concord grape juice has a positive impact on memory in older adults with mild memory decline. The study also stated that there is evidence that daily consumption of concord grape juice can benefit cognitive function in older adults.

How are eating grapes healthy for your heart? Research studies conducted have showed that concord grape juice may help support flexible arteries that allow blood to flow easily which can decrease the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

Serving size - About 16 grapes (one handful) equals half a cup about (30 calories) or one serving of fruit and drinking four ounces of 100 percent grape juice is an easy way to increase getting red/purple grapes in your diet daily. Grapes are a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins and fiber.

How to increase your red/purple grape intake:

  • Drink 100 percent natural grape juice made with concord grapes
  • Eat grapes as a snack (try eating frozen grapes for a special treat)
  • 100 percent grape juice can be used in fruit smoothies
  • Grapes can be used in salads, pies, desserts, frosty snack or a garnish

Storage tips - Unwashed grapes can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week, although their quality diminishes the longer you keep them.

How to eat them - Remove grapes from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving to get them to their ideal temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Before eating, wash them thoroughly (most supermarket grapes have been sprayed with insecticide) and blot dry.

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