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Grape properties

Grape properties

Mireia Cervera 08 November 2016

It is harvest time in almost all the regions of our geography and we can already enjoy this seasonal fruit in its perfect state of maturity. In this post we are going to review the properties of the grape and the benefits that its consumption pYou can report to our health.

Grape cultivation began in the Neolithic Age and spread to the rest of Europe from where it reached the American continent. Currently Europe is the main producer. Stillue in Spain the vineyard is present throughout the country, the autonomous communities with the largest area are Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, Valencian Community, Castilla y León and Catalonia. Of the world harvest, about two-thirds is destinedIn making wine, only a third of it is used as table fruit and to obtain raisins.

It belongs to the Vitis genus of the Vitáceas family, which includes some 600 species of shrubs, usually climbing plants and producing berry fruits. There are three main species of grapes , the European (Vitis vinifera), theNorth American (Vitis labrusca and Vitis rotundifolia) and hybrids of French origin. Each vineyard of grapes has a different purpose, although all of them are used for food, some are to be eaten fresh, others foreaten dry, and others are used for the production of wines.

Each gram is a small natural pill of antioxidant substances that purify and regenerate the entire body. The phenolic compounds present in grapes are responsible for their color and flavor, also providing a potnte antioxidant action. Recent scientific studies link the good heart health of the Mediterranean peoples with the effects of some substances in the grape. It should be noted that the composition of the grape varies depending on the treatmente white or black. In both, two types of nutrients stand out: sugars, mainly glucose and fructose, and vitamins (folic acid and vitamin B6). Among the minerals, potassium is the most abundant and is found in greater quantity in the grapes. All grape varieties contain beneficial compounds, mainly polyphenols, and most of them are found on the skin. Black, purple and red varieties have much higher levels of quercetins and anthocyanins, flavonoids that help prevent cancer, heart disease and cardiovascular diseases. Finally, it should be noted that grapes are also highly recommended for pregnant women due to its richness in folic acid, essential for the correct development of the fetus.

To choose the freshest grapes it is important to check their skin, it must be free of spots and smooth. It is advisable to consume them fresh, that is, at the time of purchase, and if they are to be stored it should be in the refrigerator, since at temperateThe environment can become fermented, accelerating their deterioration.

Although we can find grapes on the market practically all year round, now in autumn is when they are at their best.r moment. One of the great advantages of grapes is that they can be eaten fresh as an aperitif, snack, dessert or cooked as an ingredient in succulent recipes. It combines very well with a large number of foods such as: salads, cereales, fish, meat, dairy ... they are also very popular used raisins, which are but practically dehydrated grapes. The limit is in your imagination.

After all that was said isObviously, this small fruit with great properties cannot be missing from your basket. Take advantage of the fact that it is the season and do not forget to drink your bunch daily.

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale