Grapes are rich in polyphenols - which protect our hearts, improve circulation, and help lower cholesterol - and have anti fungal properties.

All grape varieties contain beneficial compounds, mainly polyphenols, and most of these are found in the skin. Black, purple, and red varieties also contain much higher levels of the flavonoid quercetin and anthocyanins - the dark pigments - and both may help prevent cancer, heart, and cardiovascular disease. The antioxidant benefits of paler - colored grapes are mainly from their catechin content. Resveratrol, another antioxidant present in all grapes, has been linked to the prevention or inhibition of cancer and heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, and viral infections, and may also be linked to protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Rich source of polyphenols, for cancer prevention and a healthy cardiovascular system.

  • Quercetin can improve blood cholesterol profile and has an anti clotting action.

  • Antiviral and antifungal action.

  • Good source of vitamin C.

Did you know?

Over 70 percent of world grape production is used for wine, 27 percent is for fresh fruit, and 2 percent for dried fruit.

Major Nutrients Per 3.5 oz/100g Grapes

Calories : 70

Total fat : Trace

Protein : 0.7 g

Carbohydrate : 18 g

Fiber : 0.9 g

Vitamin C : 10.8 mg

Potassium : 191 mg

Practical tips :

Wash grapes before use - they may have been sprayed with pesticides - and store in the refrigerator or a cool room to preserve vitamin C content and prevent deterioration. If using in a dessert, cut at last minute to prevent the cut side from browning.

White grape and lemon foam

Serves 2

Vegan / GF

1 cup white grapes, seeded or seedless

3/4 cup sparkling mineral water

2 large scoops of frozen non-dairy yogurt

1 1/2 Tbsp concentrated frozen lemonade

Method :

  1. Place the grapes, mineral water, frozen non-dairy yogurt, and lemonade in a food processor and process until smooth.

  2. Pour the foam into glasses, top with a few grapes, and serve.

Chris Walker