By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern
Whenever I visit my grandparents, there is always a bowl of grapes on the counter or in the fridge. And, at every family gathering at their house, the fruit trays that my grandma makes always have a huge pile of grapes on them, and rightfully so. Grapes are a delicious, sweet, and crunchy fruit that is perfect for snacking on, and as it turns out, are actually very healthy for you. Let’s take a look at the specific nutritional benefits of grapes!
In terms of nutrition, grapes are quite healthy, whether they be green, red, black, or pink in color. According to registered dietician Catherine Perez, grapes are a very rich source of vitamin K, B vitamins, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. And there are only about 69 calories in three-quarters of a cup of grapes!
Thanks to all of these nutrients that grapes contain, they provide the following health benefits.
- Promote healthy weight and blood sugar
- Promote heart health
- Contain anti-cancerous properties
- Strengthen the immune system
- Promote gut health
- Can protect your eyes
Grapes are a perfect snack, not only because they are healthy, but their small size and small clusters make them convenient and easy to grab and munch on! Besides being great for snacking all by themselves, some other unique ways to use grapes is to freeze them, char them, roast them, or pickle them!
Next time you’re at the grocery store, grab a bag or two of grapes and enjoy their health benefits and delicious, sweet and crisp taste!
Interested in some recipes that use grapes? Below are some tasty recipes from the Fill Your Plate blog: