Muscadine Grapes, the New Super Fruit
Posted On May 31, 2016
Most of us pop in and out of our supermarkets without glancing towards a very special cluster of fruit – Muscadine grapes. Muscadine grapes are far less common than the green or seedless variety, but they are significantly more nutritious.
Native to the southeastern United States, Muscadine grapes are dark pigmented and are used in wines, jams, juice, and grape jelly. Most grapes have 19 pairs of chromosomes, but Muscadines have 20 pairs; these extra chromosomes contain Muscadines phytochemicals, which protect cells from free-radical damage and nutrients that other grapes lack.
The health benefits associated with Muscadine grapes are outstanding, making this globe-shaped fruit my new favorite snack.
- Bowel Regularity
Muscadines are an excellent source of dietary fiber. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a serving of 35 Muscadines provides 7 grams of fiber, almost seven times the 1.4 grams provided by seedless grapes.
- Weight Control
Muscadines are satiating because they are rich in fiber and mostly water by weight, which both help to fill the stomach without contributing unwanted calories. When you are craving something sweet, grab a savory cup of Muscadines to avoid snacks with high calories and ladened with added sugars.
- Disease Prevention
Muscadines are powerful antioxidants and contain twice as much Vitamin C than seedless grapes. Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that Muscadines are a good source of ellagic acid, which according to the American Institute for Cancer Research helps inhibit cancer cell reproduction. Additionally, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, eating a diet based on antioxidant-rich foods has been shown to help reduce the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases. I’ll take a cup of grapes please!
Muscadine grapes are of the “slip-skin” variety, meaning the skin and flesh are easily separated. Most of the fruit’s health benefits come from its skin and seeds so enjoy them whole and harvest all of those wonderful health benefits!
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