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Grapes protect against heart disease

Flavonoids in purple grapes protect against heart disease by keeping cholesterol from sticking to artery walls (thus lowering cholesterol) and keeping blood platelets from sticking together to form dangerous clots in the bloodstream.

Anyone with a family history of heart disease deserves to have this knowledge!  Many people eat grapes daily because of their risk of heart attack, and they’ll live a longer, healthier life because of it.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study which reported that purple grape juice lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Grapes grow in just about every climate, which makes them a favorite fruit of many backyard gardeners.  Not only are their growing conditions versatile, but they can also be enjoyed in many interesting ways such as in fresh, in jams or jellies, dried for raisins, and pressed for grape juice and wine.

There are many varieties of grapes, both with seeds and without.  Some varieties are Niagara, Black Beauty, Ruby Seedless, Ribier, Red Globe, Champagne, Steuben, Concord, Exotic, Italia, and Flame Seedless, to name a few.  So, you can see that no matter what you are looking for in a grape, you’ll probably find it among the available varieties.

With only 71 calories per 20 grapes, a person who is watching their weight can easily enjoy this delicacy.  Those same 20 grapes contain 1 grram of protein, 18 grams of carbohydrate, are low in fiber, and have less than a gram of fat, no cholesterol, and only 2 mg. of sodium.  They’re high in Vitamin C, supplying 18% of the RDA for this nutrient.

Another heart benefit can be obtained by drinking purple grape juice.  There is 334 mg. of potassium in 8 oz.  Potassium is important in lowering blood pressure and protecting against stroke.  To obtain these benefits, be sure to get the real thing–not “grape drink”.

Source: Grapes

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