By Natural Advocate | October 6, 2007 - 1:39 pm - Posted in Foods

My mom wrote this, being inspired by the local big event in my hometown in Geneva Ohio, where a festival called the Grape Jamboree occurs every year.  Enjoy! 

Grapes are good for you in many ways and come in a wonderful variety of colors and flavors.  Their size and portability make grapes as easy and convenient as any fast food could be.  Grape’s natural sugary flavor can satisfy your sweet tooth and give you health benefits too.
The most commonly purchased grape is the light green seedless European type. 

A cup of the European type of grapes contains only 100 calories. These calories are nutrition dense as grapes contain vitamin C and vitamin K as well as copper and potassium.  The light green Thompson seedless is the type used most often for processing as raisins, another healthful snack.  The European type of grape also includes the red grapes.

 The American type of grapes include the concord with the slippery skin and seeded.  The concord grape is often used to make jelly and juices.
Grapes are a good source of dietary fiber and are packed with anthocyanins, flavones, linalol, nerol and tannins.  From these nutrients, it is thought that grapes may help in prevention of cancer. 

If you like red grapes, they contain resveratol, which plays a role in the reduction of cholesterol.  For healthy snacking in the summer, put a handful of the red grapes in the freezer.  They taste even sweeter when frozen and are so refreshing in hot weather.  This is a healthier alternative snack than sugary ice creams or popsicles.

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