Grapes: small but powerful fruit

The grapes are fruits that are obtained from the vine. The clusters in growing can contain six to 300 of them. Besides eaten fresh, the is commercially used to produce grape juice, wine and vinegar. Along with olive oil and wheat, are a mainstay of Mediterranean cuisine.

The man cultivates these fruits from three thousand years before Christ, but it was the Romans who most encouraged production. There are over three thousand varieties, but they are often divided between table grapes for eating fresh or dried, and wine grapes, which are more acidic. They can be black, purple, yellow or pink, but they all have great health benefits.

 

They are a great source of antioxidants

The grapes are noted for their content of polyphenols, compounds that protect cells from harmful, such as free radicals or toxic agents.

The resveratrol, a type of poliefenol found mainly in the skin of violet grapes, is very beneficial for the heart. An article in the  Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology , in which various investigations were reviewed, revealed the importance of this substance to protect the arteries and preserve cardiovascular health.

They are rich in potassium

According to an article from the Heart Foundation , a bunch of grapes is capable of supplying more than 15% of the recommended daily intake of potassium. This element is very good to regulate blood pressure, which reduces sodium levels in the blood.

 

Detoxify the body

Its high potassium content also makes them perfect for purifying the body. This is because that help regulate the amount of fluid present in the body. Also have vitamin B, of great importance to metabolize fats and carbohydrates.

Help regulate bowel function

Grapes are an excellent natural laxative because they are rich in fiber. To combat constipation, it is recommended to eat with skin and seeds, since these are the elements that help regulate bowel function.

They give energy to the body

Thanks to its content of sugars and carbohydrates, grapes are an excellent energizer. For this reason, they are often included in the diet of those who perform a lot of physical activity. At the same time, its consumption is advisable to invigorate tired minds.

Moisturize the skin

Grapes also have cosmetic properties. Its topical application helps beautify the skin. This is due to its great capacity for hydration, which also helps fight wrinkles and dryness symptoms.

To take advantage of these benefits, you can prepare a mask. You just have to place a well of grapes in a blender and blend until smooth paste.Then apply this preparation on the skin and leave it for 15 minutes today.

 

 

Three Recipes for incorporation in the diet

1. Salad of grapes, lettuce and walnuts 

Ingredients

  • - 1 head romaine lettuce.
  • - 2 cups halved grapes without seeds.
  • - 1/2 cup blue cheese (you can skip to prepare a vegan version).
  • - 1/2 cup nuts.
  • - 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar.
  • - 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • - Salt and pepper to taste (optional).

 

Preparation

1. Thoroughly wash the lettuce leaves and let it dry. With your hands, cut into large chunks and place in a bowl.

2. Add one cup of grapes, blue cheese and walnuts.

3. In a blender or food processor, place the other cup grapes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Blend until all ingredients are well combined.

4. Pour the dressing over the salad, mix well and serve. If desired, you can add a little salt and pepper for seasoning.

2. Four fruit Smoothie

Ingredients (makes four cups)

  • - 1 cup blackberries.
  • - 2 peeled and chopped apples.
  • - 1 1/2 cups raspberries.
  • - 3/4 cup seedless grapes.
  • - 3 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener (optional).
  • - 1 tray of ice cubes.

Preparation

Place in blender and blend all ingredients until you have a smooth and creamy dressing.

3. Broccoli salad and grapes

Ingredients

  • - ½ cup mayonnaise ( recipe vegetable mayonnaise ).
  • - 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar.
  • - 2 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener.
  • - 4 cups broccoli florets slices.
  • - 2 cups of grapes cut in half.
  • - ½ cup red onion, cut into small cubes.
  • - ½ cup chopped pecans.

Preparation

1. Mix the mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar in a large recipient.

2. Add the broccoli, grapes and onions.

3. Mix well to incorporate ingredients with dressing.

4. Add the walnuts and mix again. Reserve some to sprinkle on top.

 

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  • Four fruit Smoothie
  • Broccoli salad with grapes

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