Cold or frozen, organic grapes rank as one of the healthiest snacks that one can eat. Organic grapes are naturally sweet, juicy and refreshing. An interesting fact that many may not know is that grapes that are consumed as is or used in recipes are called table grapes as opposed to wine grapes (used in viniculture) or raisin grapes (used to make dried fruit).
Organic grapes are usually classified as low on the glycemic index, with a GI value ranging between 43-53. Recent studies show that the low GI value of grapes is a good indicator of the blood sugar benefits that organic grapes provide.. Studies also connect grape intake to better blood sugar balance, better insulin regulation, and increased insulin sensitivity.
In relationship to anti-aging properties, several grape phytonutrients likely play a role in this area. Best-studied in this area of anti-aging benefits is resveratrol (a stilbene phytonutrient presently mostly in grape skins, but also in grape seeds and grape flesh). Resveratrol is shown to increase expression of three genes all related to longevity and anti-aging properties. Interestingly, some researchers have shown a parallel between activation of these longevity genes by resveratrol and activation by calorie-restricted diets.
Why organic? A recent study in July of 2014 found that organic food contains more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health than regular food, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides. The results are based on an analysis of 343 peer-reviewed studies from around the world – more than ever before – which examine differences between organic and conventional fruit, vegetables and cereals. “The crucially important thing about this research is that it shatters the myth that how we farm does not affect the quality of the food we eat,” said Helen Browning, chief executive of Soil Association, which campaigns for organic farming.
Health Benefits of Organic Grapes
- contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & C
- phytonutrients: ellagic acid, resveratrol & sulfur compounds
- supports healthy blood circulation
- anti-inflammatory properties
- reduces risk of atherosclerosis
- cleansing to the bladder & kidneys
- increases bile flow
- anticancer properties
- supports healthy cholesterol levels
- anti-microbial properties
- helps with memory
- mild laxative
- vision support
- relieves fatigue | provides energy
- helps with indigestion
- liver support
- reduces acne
- stimulates metabolism
- supports normal blood clotting
- helps with asthma
- hydrating – grapes contain 80% water
Organic Grape Juice Spritzer Recipe
1 C cold organic 100% Red Grape Juice
1 C seltzer water or any sparkling water
1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
Use frozen organic grapes as ice cubes
Mix together and add frozen grapes for ice cubes. Enjoy!
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