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Health Benefits of Red Grapes

Sheeba Nambiar Nov 23, 2018
Here is some information about important health benefits about red grapes, as well as the nutritional data of the seedless variety.
Red grapes are a favorite among many people, mainly due to their sweet and juicy taste, and also because of the numerous health benefits that are offered by them.
They have more benefits as compared to the green ones; the major difference being that calories in the former are less than the latter variety.
Approximately, there are over 200 varieties of red grapes all over the world. Studies have suggested that these varieties have the potential to prevent cancer, and they are also considered to have anti-aging effects.

Health Benefits

Red grapes contain flavonoids, namely quercetin and resveratrol. These compounds are absent in green grapes. Flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds that impart the brilliant red color to these fruits.
Besides this, there are other nutritional benefits provided by these compounds. Described here is some information on each of these flavonoids.

Quercetin

It is one of the most important flavonoids present in red grapes. It acts as an antioxidant by preventing the oxidized cholesterol from accumulating, and it also helps in the treatment of allergies. It provides antihistamine effects.

Resveratrol

To be more correct and specific, resveratrol is the compound imparts the fruit its specific color. Studies and research suggest that this compound prevents heart diseases, as well as might decrease the chances of getting cancer.
This may take place either by reversing the growth of cancer cells or completely stopping it. The darker the grapes, the more resveratrol they contain. It is also considered as an anti-aging compound.

Saponins

It has known to have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-tumor properties. It also prevents the absorption of cholesterol in the bloodstream, playing a significant role in preventing heart diseases.
Other than the ones mentioned before, there are other polyphenol compounds that act as antioxidants, such as catechin and rutin.

Nutritional Values

These are the nutritional values contained in a cup of red seedless grapes:

Calories - 100
Total Fat - 0g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Total Carbs - 27g
Sodium - 3mg
Dietary Fiber - 1g
Protein - 1g
Sugar - 23g
Vitamin C - 27%
Vitamin A - 2%
Iron - 3%
Calcium - 2%