INFOGRAPHIC:  The Benefits Of Green Grapes

INFOGRAPHIC: The Benefits Of Green Grapes

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Make it Mediterranean

Make it Mediterranean

For thousands of years, grapes have been a key ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. In today’s modern kitchens, juicy, sweet Grapes from California help make Mediterranean-inspired meals more colorful and flavorful.

What is the Mediterranean diet? Fresh, flavorful food!

The Mediterranean diet is not a prescribed “diet” in the usual sense, but rather an approach to eating, where fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats such as olive oil are to be enjoyed at every meal. Fish and shellfish are included at least twice a week, while meats and sweets are deemed “sometimes” foods to be eaten only occasionally.

Of equal importance is that the Mediterranean diet is also a way of living: along with eating traditional foods from the countries that surround its namesake sea, being physically active and enjoying meals with others are also key to the Mediterranean way.

Why should I eat a Mediterranean diet?

  • Increase lifespan
  • Lower risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Lower risk of certain cancers
  • Control blood sugar levels
  • Support weight loss
  • Reduce inflammation

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Get inspired by the Mediterranean by making these simple changes in the way you eat:

  • Boost your fruits and veggies. Fill half your plate at lunch and dinner with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Reel in omega-3s. Fatty fish like tuna, salmon and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to heart health. Grapes pair especially well with seafood.
  • Focus on good fats. Extra-virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and olives are the sources of fat in a Mediterranean diet. Use these in place of – not in addition to – butter, margarine and other fats.
  • Think Whole. Whole grains, that is. Try barley, bulgur, farro, wheat berries or whole-wheat couscous. A favorite: fruited tabbouleh featuring bulgur mixed with grapes, oranges, mint, ginger and cumin.

  • Minimize meat. Portion sizes of meat are small – just 3 ounces or less – and meat is more of a garnish than the star.
  • Downsize dairy. Plain or Greek-style yogurt is delicious as is, stirred into sauces or topped with fresh fruit. Enjoy small amounts of cheese and pair with luscious grapes and other sliced fruit.
  • Season with spices and herbs. From cinnamon, cumin and za’atar to basil, mint and garlic, it’s easy to add a taste of the Mediterranean to meals.
  • Rethink dessert. Forget the cake and ice cream – save those for special celebrations. Eat fresh fruit for dessert instead, like juicy grapes.
  • Simplify beverages. Water is the recommended thirst quencher, throughout the day and with meals. For those who enjoy wine, you may do so in moderation with meals.

Jasmine Vineyards wishes to thank the California Table Grape Commission for granting us permission to share this great info with our readers!

 

6 Ways Grapes Benefit Your Body (That you never knew about!)

6 Ways Grapes Benefit Your Body (That you never knew about!)

You’ve probably heard the term “superfood” tossed around a lot in the media and online. But what exactly is a superfood and what is it that makes it so super? While not exactly a scientific term, superfoods generally include any all-natural foods that are considered to be more nutrient dense than other options.

Here’s what the experts have to say…

According to the American Heart Association, even though there’s not a worldwide accepted list of superfoods, most nutritionists and experts agree that superfoods are generally considered great for your heart and overall health when integrated into a balanced diet.

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6 Ways Grapes Benefit Your Body (That you never knew about!)

6 Ways Grapes Benefit Your Body (That you never knew about!)

You’ve probably heard the term “superfood” tossed around a lot in the media and online. But what exactly is a superfood and what is it that makes it so super? While not exactly a scientific term, superfoods generally include any all-natural foods that are considered to be more nutrient dense than other options.

Here’s what the experts have to say…

According to the American Heart Association, even though there’s not a worldwide accepted list of superfoods, most nutritionists and experts agree that superfoods are generally considered great for your heart and overall health when integrated into a balanced diet.

So, how do grapes fit into the superfood family?

The health benefits of grapes start right within the skin, where they contain phytonutrients — plant chemicals that contain disease-preventing compounds. Then, the health benefits extend to the fruit’s array of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that fight a wide variety of cancers, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. The benefits hardly stop there, though. See how the humble grape can help these six areas of your body.

1. Rejuventates the Skin

Filled with Vitamin C and antioxidants, grapes can help to revitalize your skin. In fact, they can even protect your skin from cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation and free radicals that can, on a lesser scale, cause wrinkles and dark spots. The added Vitamin C is necessary for your skin to form collagen, which helps give your face that youthful firmness.

2. Benefits the Brain

Resveratrol is one health benefit of grapes that continues to impress! Studies by the University of Switzerland saw that the compound helps to fight against plaques and free radicals that can harm your brain and potentially cause Alzheimer’s. It also helps to increase blood flow to the brain, which increases your mental dexterity.

3. Boosts Energy

The complex carbohydrates found in grapes can give you a much-needed energy boost. Often enjoyed by runners, grapes are known by those in-the-know as a source of almost instant energy. They’re the perfect pre-workout snack!

4. Promotes a Healthy Heart

The health benefits of grapes extend to your heart (and that’s why many people say red wine is heart-healthy!). To get down to the nitty-gritty, grapes contain polyphenols that suppress atherosclerosis. What is that? Just a fancy term for a type of heart disease that results from buildup of cholesterol in the artery walls of the heart and brain — no good!

5. Brightens Eyes

The Vitamin A and lutein found in grapes can boost your eye health. While you’re probably familiar with Vitamin A, you may not be so much so with lutein. This is a substance found in a variety of veggies as well, and is collected by your retinas as a means to protect themselves against free radicals, which can cause unnecessary stress, damage and degeneration. According to a study led by researchers at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, grapes can also help combat eye disease.

6. Strengthens Bones

Last (but certainly not least) manganese is a health benefit of grapes that helps to strengthen your bones. What’s manganese? It’s actually a mineral already occurring in our bodies in small amounts. It contributes to healthy bones (through allowing your body to better absorb calcium and also creating essential enzymes to build bones), but also boosts your metabolism, regulates hormones and normalizes your blood sugar.

So, ready to work some grapes into your diet? You’ll never doubt the power of these tiny superfoods again!

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