Also known as “Witch Fingers”, they are a black seedless grape with an elongated, finger-like shape. Taste is firm, crispy and extremely juicy!
• Vitamin K
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin A
• Vitamin B6
Grapes contain many important vitamins and minerals and are also high in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds that may protect against chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Aid in Protecting the Heart
A study, undertaken by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Centre, suggests that the consumption of black grapes may protect against metabolic syndrome-related organ damage. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur collectively: increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, excess body fat around the waist, low HDL (good cholesterol) and increased blood triglycerides, significantly increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes, is known to ease the flow of blood in the blood vessels, therefore, improving blood circulation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
The compounds, resveratrol, lutein and zeaxanthin that are found in grapes are known to assist in maintaining good eyesight and may protect against common eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.
Diets containing grapes provide significant barricades towards the potential damage that may be caused to the retina, by protecting against oxidative harm along with preventing possible blindness.
Aid in Fighting the Risk of Cancer
Black grapes exhibit anti-mutagenic and antioxidant properties that are very effective in combating certain cancers, including breast and colon cancer. The compound resveratrol is a rich source of anti-oxidants and certain elements are capable of destroying the energy source of cancerous cells. A study completed by researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Centre found that resveratrol may help prevent alcohol-related head and neck cancers as well.
Supports and Improves Brain Function
Grapes work as a brain protecting agent; they improve memory and concentration and enhance the overall health of your brain. Due to the presence of riboflavin, people suffering from migraines will find including grapes in their diet will be very beneficial. Resveratrol, also found in grapes can reduce the levels of amyloidal-beta peptides in Alzheimer’s disease patients.
Aids in Preventing the Risk of Diabetes
Black grapes are also effective in the prevention of diabetes. They are known to improve the regulation of insulin and increase insulin sensitivity. Pterostilbene is a compound present in grapes that helps to lower the sugar levels in the blood. Black grapes have low glycaemic index (GI) value ranging from around 43 to 53, which promote better blood sugar balance. Point to note: smaller quantities should be consumed for health benefits.
Promotes Healthy Hair
The black grape seed oil contains antioxidants and vitamin E that help in improving blood circulation in the scalp, reversing excessive hair loss, split ends and premature grey hair. Grape oil is also known to improve overall hair growth.
Black grapes are rich in vitamin C, K and A along with flavonoids and minerals, and as such are said to help in boosting one’s immunity. They are rich in sugar and organic acids that help in relieving constipation, indigestion, treating kidney problems and have anti-inflammatory effects which may protect against certain heart and bowel diseases.
The antioxidants present in black grapes such as proanthocyanins and resveratrol provides protection against harmful ultraviolet rays. They also help to reduce dark spots and wrinkles. The Vitamin C content of these grapes ensures rejuvenation of skin cells while Vitamin E present secures the moisture in the skin. Black grapes are known to increase the elasticity of the skin and improve blood circulation.
How to enjoy grapes:
Grapes are really simple to incorporate into a healthy diet. They are versatile enough to add to your diet for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. Here are a few ways you can enjoy them:
• As a snack – fresh and crisp, straight from the fridge
• Chop them up and ad to your salad for a light and tasty summertime meal
• Combine them with other gofruits for a healthy and delicious fruit salad
• Add them to your smoothie or fresh juice
• Combine with cheeses for a yummy appetizer, dessert or snack
• In desserts, yoghurt, fruit kebabs