Grapes: The Cure to (Almost) Everything


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My grandpa, whom my brother and I refer to as "Farfe", swears by grapes. He believes regular consumption of grapes, or grape juice cures all cancers and all illnesses...and maybe even makes you an all around better person. Is Farfe right?

"According to a new study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Medicinal Foods, natural compounds in Concord grape juice protected healthy human breast cells from DNA damage." Corresponding studies also have shown drinking grape juice at least three times a week nearly reduces your chance of developing Alzheimer's by 70%. Grapes also can simultaneously reduce risk of blood clots, reduce LDL aka "bad" cholesterol, protect blood vessels in hearts, and help maintain blood pressure. Why grapes? What in grapes is affecting millions of people from developing life-altering illnesses? Resveratrol and Flavonoids. Grapes are incredibly rich in these antioxidants and can be found primarily in the skin, stem, leaf, and seeds.

WebMD makes a remarkable explanation as to why antioxidants are so influential and why they should be part of our everyday diet in the following:

"Antioxidants are important disease-fighting compounds. Scientists believe they help prevent and repair the stress that comes from oxidation, a natural process that occurs during normal cell function. A small percentage of cells becomes damaged during oxidation and turns into free radicals, which can start a chain reaction to harming more cells and possibly disease."

Research today has significantly grown in regards to how many fruits are rich in antioxidants that can also simultaneously battle illnesses. Supporting WebMD, The Worlds Healthiest Foods  shows their ratings in respect to why grapes ARE one of the world's healthiest foods. Aside from antioxidants, grapes provide plenty of other nutrients that assist in fighting illnesses.

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Now, on the opposing side, as anything is if not taken in moderation, eating too much fruit can actually take a toll on your health. "Many of us have come to believe that eating healthier means eating lots of fruits and vegetables", says Dr. Ben Kim, "Over thousands of years, humans have been able to make fruits larger and sweeter than their wild predecessors through hybridization." Ultimately, large consumption of these sweet treats can cause nutritional deficiencies of vitamins B12, A, D, zinc, and some fatty acids. Then, with lack of proper nutrients, this can then cause the following: dental decay, chronic fatigue, skin problems, thin hair, weak nails, irritability, and osteoporosis. Supporting the lack of specific nutrients, when eating too much sugary fruit, it can overtime cause imbalance of your body's blood sugar. When this happens, one is bound to possibly develop diabetes. Alongside Dr. Kim, William Douglas II, MDbelieves that grapes "might as well be Hershey's kisses." He continues saying  "Aside from being really expensive, most varieties of grapes (especially the green ones) are virtually nutrition-less. They're good for one thing only, and that's tasting sweet."

Despite grapes having a high sugar content, I stand by the studies that have proven, and Farfe, that grapes can in fact reduce ones risk of developing cancer, heart diseases, Alzheimer's, and more. What do you think? Is there a better way to combat theses illnesses naturally? What of those natural remedies can be paired with grapes to add double the nutrients, but not too too much? Have we not eaten the sweeter, hybrid grapes enough to see defects within society? How can we combat that or do you see it being a potential problem in the future? 


Additional Sources: 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/AN00576

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This is a good blog topic to me because I think grapes are one the most underrated fruits, especially frozen grapes. Ever since I was a kid I loved grape juice, not because of its health aspects but because of its sugary taste. Since it was so sugary my mom often had to limit how much grape juice i could drink. I wish this blog was around when I was a kid so that I could have convinced my mom to let me drink as much grape juice as I wanted, and maybe even convince her to start drinking some grape juice more regularly.

Wow! This is really interesting! I've heard that apples are good for you, but never grapes! As it turns out, an apple a day really can keep the doctor away. Plus, I would have never guessed that eating too many grapes can be bad for you. My dad always encouraged my siblings and I to eat as many grapes as possible, believing that there's no such thing as eating too much fruit. Thanks for sharing.

Here's the link for the apple a day story:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100517172300.htm

This is a good topic! I wonder if eating regular grapes is better for you than drinking grape juice in terms of sugar and which has more antioxidants. When I think of concord grape juice I always think of it as being so sweet that the only way I can drink it is by mixing it with water. Another thing - I feel like there is a confounding factor here. If someone eats a lot of grapes, they are probably a person who eats a lot of fruits and vegetables in general, so they probably have a better chance of being healthy.

Here is a link to welch's grape juice's website that shows the nutritional facts about their grape juice.

http://www.welchs.com/products/100-juices/grape-100-juices/red-100-grape-juice

This is such a cool interesting topic! I've always liked grapes but never knew they were so beneficial to our health. I'm not the healthiest eater, but it's good to know that the fruit that I do eat is helping me in the long run. Looks like your grandpop was right! He's a smart guy! And from this website tells why grapes are good for weight-loss!

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