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Interesting Facts About Grapes

Reshma Jirage Nov 17, 2018
What comes to your mind when asked about tempting fruits? We bet grapes sure must have made an early entry into that list.We give you some interesting facts about these succulent berries.
With a unique combination of crunchy texture and sweet, tart flavor, grapes have gained extreme popularity throughout the world. Grapes are the second most popular fruit after oranges.
They can be eaten as a refreshing snack as well as used in vegetable and fruit salads. They can be consumed in fresh or preserved form.
They can be canned in jellies, crushed to prepare juices or wines, and dried to prepare raisins. Grapes were introduced to America by the Spanish explorers approximately 300 years ago. Grape growing is one of the largest food industries in the world. Let's discover some more facts about grapes.

General Facts

♦ There are more than 60 species and 8,000 varieties of grapes all over the world. Some common varieties of grapes are blue, black, green, red, golden, blue-black, white, and purple.
♦ The two main types of grapes are European and American. They come in seedless and seeded varieties.

♦ American grapes are available in September and October, while European grapes are available round the year.
♦ The Thompson Seedless is the best-selling grape in the US. Golden raisins are prepared from these types of grapes.

♦ The production of grapes is more than 72 million tons all over the world. There are approximately 25 million acres of grapes throughout the world.

♦ It takes about 2½ pounds of grapes to produce a bottle of wine.
♦ Grapes consist of about 80% of water, which makes them a low-calorie food. Raisins or dried grapes consist of about 15% of water.

♦ This fruit contains flavonoids that gives a vibrant purple color to grapes, red wine, and grape juice.

♦ One cluster has on an average 75 grapes.
♦ One grape vine can grow up to 50 feet long and can have about 40 clusters of grapes.

♦ Eating too many grapes can have a laxative effect.

♦ Fresh grapes can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days, when kept in a plastic bag or a covered container.

Nutrition

Grapes are known for having a high nutritional value. Being rich in vitamin C and vitamin K, they contain low levels of cholesterol, fat, and sodium.
This fruit is known for containing proteins, carbohydrates, dietary fibers, vitamins, minerals, calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamin, folic acid, and amino acids. It contains high amounts of caffeic acid, which is a strong cancer-fighting substance. This fruit has flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants.

Health Benefits

♦ With a great nutritional value, grapes are known for offering a number of health benefits.

♦ They can be used to cure various health problems such as asthma, heart diseases, constipation, indigestion, migraine, kidney diseases, Alzheimer's disease, and fatigue. 
♦ They increase the levels of nitric acid in the blood and prevent the development of blood clots.

♦ They minimize the risk of heart attacks.

♦ They play an important role in curing dyspepsia.
♦ Grape juice replenishes iron content of the body and prevents fatigue. According to a latest study, purple-colored Concord grape juice is effective in preventing breast cancer.

♦ Grapes also can prevent muscular degeneration and cataract, associated with aging. They consist of a compound namely pterostilbene, which can reduce the levels of cholesterol.
♦  Besides their antibacterial and antiviral activity, they are also known to have anticancer properties.
Thus, grapes play a significant role in preventing a number of health problems; hence, they can be used as one of the effective home remedies for any health problem. After knowing these facts, one can say, "Enjoy grapes and be healthy."