Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Grapes
Grapes are loaded with nutrients our
bodies seek, Grapes can be both nutritious and
delicious when juiced alone and with other ingredients.
Here are a few of the questions we attempt to answer about
- What vitamins in Grapes make grapes so good
- What is the best method for juicing Grapes?
- What are some great buying tips for Grapes?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about grapes that you might not find so easily elsewhere
on the Internet.
Let's begin our exploration of
Minerals in Grapes
Grapes are probably best known for being
loaded with potassium, a mineral that strengthens the
alkaline reserves in the body while helping to stimulate
kidney function and regulate the heartbeat.
But grapes are also a great source of iron
which builds hemoglobin in the blood. Grapes stimulate
digestive juices, promote action in the bowels, cleanse
the liver, and eliminate uric acid from the body. They
also soothe the nervous system -- few other fruits can do
Vitamins in Grapes
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B6
- Folate (important during pregnancy)
Minerals in Grapes
- Trace amounts of zinc, manganese and copper.
In addition to the above vitamins and minerals, dark colored
grapes also contain flavonoid compounds (like quercetin) and
flavoid-like compounds (like resveratrol) which are said to be
beneficial for blood health, cholesterol and heart health.
The next time you think about grapes... think about how they
might add a powerful boost to your daily nutrition through
Tips for Juicing
Juicing grapes can add both flavor and valuable
nutrients to most any home-juiced fruit-only cocktail... but
they should not be added to vegetable juices unless you know
what you are doing (you don't want to waste/ruin their
Here are a few tips for juicing grapes
that may help turn your juicing experience into something you
look forward to and thoroughly enjoy.
Great when juiced alone and when mixed with other fruits in
juicing, grapes add plenty of sweetness to your home-made
If the grape juice you make is too sweet (highly likely) you
can "smooth it out" by adding just a touch of lemon while
In a good juicer, grapes can be juiced stem and all. (Be
sure to wash your grapes thoroughly before juicing.)
Other than in fruit juice mixtures, grapes and grape juice
should be consumed by themselves and not when other food is
eaten to enjoy their full benefits.
NOTE: If you are diabetic, hyperglycemic,
hypoglycemic, or have another blood sugar problem/disorder, you
should avoid grapes and grape juice, as their high sugar
content is not good for anyone with abnormal blood sugar
levels. Consult with your doctor/dietician before
eating/drinking grapes/grape juice and/or juicing your
own grape juices.
for Buying Grapes
If you are unable to grow your own grapes (highly likely if
you are not in warmer climates), then here are a few tips for
buying grapes that may help you get the freshest
ingredients. We'll also include a few storing tips for
grapes that you might find helpful.
Grapes are quite possibly the most oversprayed of all
fruits, sometimes being host to as many as forty-three
different pesticides and chemicals. That being said, try to buy
organic grapes when possible. If not possible, you definitely
want to have a good biodegradable fruit wash for thoroughly
cleaning your grapes before storing them and/or juicing
Most American varieties of grapes are available fresh during
September and October while most European varieties are
available year round.
Grapes should be firm to the touch, fresh, plump and well
colored. Green grapes should have a slightly yellow cast.
Red/purple grapes ought to be deeply colored throughout. The
grapes should clearly "bloom" (a faint powdery appearance).
When you pick up the bunch, few grapes should fall off or be
leaking, shiny or mushy. The stems should be green and
alive-looking. Dried-up, brown stems indicate old grapes.
Wash grapes well and when they are dry, store them in the
refrigerator where they will keep for a week or more.
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about Grapes, as well as a
few helpful links if you want to explore Grapes further.
(See links to sources below.)
The history of wild grapes stretches all
the way back to prehistoric times, while cultivated forms
of this awesome fruit appears as early as 5000 B.C. and the
history of wine making shows up approximately 3200 B.C.
Archaeologists tell us that grapes were, in fact, one of the
earliest cultivated fruits on Earth.
The tradition of viticulture began in 1769 when
Spanish friars - mostly Franciscans - established missions
throughout the region. The padres planted a European grape
variety, known as the Mission, in order to make sacramental
Grapes grow in clusters of 6 to 300, and can be
crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green and pink. "White"
grapes are actually green in color, and are evolutionarily
derived from the red grape.
Winemaking was a primary use for grapes from
the beginning, but the ancient Greeks were the first
civilization to make a serious practice of grape growing and
winemaking. The Greeks even had a god of the vine – Dionysus
One of the most successful boycotts in American
history was held against table grapes (the boycott was
initiated by United Farm Workers).
Resources for Grapes
Be sure to check out both our
"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using