If the only thing that comes to your mind when you think of red grapes is a bottle of red wine, you need to think again! Aside from being the source of red wine, Red grapes are the storehouse of jaw dropping amount of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Red grapes are a good source of several vitamins. One serving of red grapes offers 16 mg of vitamin C, which is about 27 percent of the daily value, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. It also contains 22 mcg of vitamin K and 0.4 mg of thiamin, which is about 28 percent and 27 percent of the daily value.
Red grapes also contain small amounts of vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, folate, beta carotene and alpha carotene. These nutrients help the body processes function properly, and many vitamins, such as vitamin A, have antioxidant properties which may help reduce the risk for certain health problems.
Red grapes are rich in several minerals. 1-cup serving of red grapes contains 288 mg of potassium, 0.2 mg of copper, 0.1 mg of manganese and 0.5 of iron — 10 percent of the daily value of potassium and copper, 5 percent of the daily value of manganese and 1 percent of the daily value of iron. Red grapes also contain small amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
Red grapes contain resveratrol, which is a polyphenol antioxidant. This antioxidant is concentrated in the skins of red grapes. A 1-cup serving of red grapes contains about 160 g of resveratrol, antioxidant and antiestrogenic properties, and may activate the enzymes of the liver that rid the body of unwanted chemicals. Resveratrol also reduces stroke risk by altering the molecular mechanisms inside the blood vessels.
Anthocyanins are another class of polyphenolic anti-oxidants present abundantly in the red grapes. These phyto-chemicals have been found to have an anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, as well as anti-cancer activity.
Grapes can be consumed in many ways. They can be eaten raw or they can also be used in making juice, wine, and jelly or grapeseed oil. Although grapes are very small and tiny in size, they have numerous nutrients, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins which keep us healthy and fit! Red grapes are very low in calories. 100 g fresh grapes just provide 69 calories but zero cholesterol levels.