My son is dealing with a mild case of croup, and so this morning we again got out the vitamin gummy bears, the immune boosting tincture, the Vitamin D drops, and for a part of a “balanced breakfast” I gave him a bowl of grapes. I knew he would ask me what was in the grapes as he normally does, so instead of the catch all reply of “anti-oxidants and vitamins” I decided to actually find out. And do you know what I discovered? The grape is an amazing fruit!
Grapes are full of vitamins and antioxidants, but now I can tell you what they are. Grapes contain vitamins C, B1, B6, as well as the minerals manganese (at 35% of the daily value) and potassium. Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation, which brings me to the next wonderful thing about grapes. This fruit is low on the glycemic index (between 43-53) making them a wonderful choice for a low sugar fruit.
There are also quite a great number of antioxidants (well into the hundreds) in these yummy fruits. Two of these antioxidants include beta carotene, resveratrol. Resveratrol is reported in studies to have anti-imflammatory, anti-bacterial, and blood sugar lowering effects on the body.
Some of the known benefits of eating grapes include anti-inflammation, cardivascular improvement, anti-aging and longevity, and anti-microbial.
The best way to eat grapes? Raw. The most nutrients in the grape are found in the skin and seeds. So if and when possible try to find grapes with seeds.
To bless the Shabbat we drink wine and break bread. I can now truly say,
ברוך אתה ײ אלהינו מלך העולם בורא פרי הגפן
Baruch atah Ad-nai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, borei p’ri ha-gafen.
Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine!
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
So the next time you see a bunch of grapes at the grocery or your favorite farmer’s market, think about this amazing fruit God created, buy a bag, and say, “Grape me!”
Blessings and Shalom,