Grapes: A natural snack!

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Anyone who is out and about a lot or has to cope with a stressful working day does not always have the time or opportunity for an elaborately prepared meal. So a little snack is often the answer. Frequently, however, this snack turns out to be some greasy fast food or a sweet cake.

One fruit, on the other hand, offers several advantages that make it the perfect snack for between meals: the delectable grape. This small tasty treat can be eaten virtually straight out of the hand, is easy to carry around and contains several substances that are beneficial to our health and will get us through the day with boundless energy.

Healthy in many ways

Grapes consist mainly of water and are fat-free and low in calories. However, their sugar content, especially glucose, is high. Glucose is also known as grape sugar and provides a quick energy boost. Grapes also contain polyphenols, which are phytochemicals.

Dole_Grapes_Moodpic2Resveratrol and OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) are worth a special mention here. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Grapes and their seeds contain fibre and are therefore good for the digestive system. Their levels of B vitamins, potassium, calcium and magnesium should also not be underestimated.

Before eating these sweet fruits, wash them thoroughly. This also removes their natural protective layer, known as the “bloom”. The delicate grapes can be securely packed in a plastic container that is easy to carry around and means the grapes are well protected and can be enjoyed at any time. They can be stored for a number of days at room temperature but stay fresh for longer in the fridge.

Tip: Grapes can also be added to various drinks as a crispy and cool extra. Simply wash the grapes, dry them well and place them in the freezer for a few hours. The result is a fruity and fresh alternative to ice cubes.

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