Cantine Brusa experts reveal the truth about grapes

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Have you ever wondered if the claim that the'grape it is not recommended in diets as, having a high sugar content, it is a fattening fruit a lot'?

Well, to clarify the point we turned to some experts from Cantine Brusa, a traditional company in the food sector of Toscanella di Dozza producer of rectified concentrated must and grape sugar to ask them for more information on composition and properties of this delicious fruit.


Grapes are one of the country's products par excellence being the wine market in constant growth in our country for which we went in search of answers from those who know it in the sector and we were told that this is a product that is used not only for the production of wines, but also from food industry for several important uses: compotes, jams and fruit-based drinks and juices and also to produce grape must or grape sugar, a high quality natural sweetener perfect for the preparation of sweets and traditional vinegar balsamic.

But now let's see what the experts in the sector answered to our questions about grapes.

 

What kind of food is it? What are its uses?

As we have previously reported, grapes are a fruit that, due to its peculiar nutritional and chemical composition, is used not only for its direct consumption in the kitchen as fresh fruit, but also as the main raw material in the food industry and in the phytotherapeutic and cosmetic sector, as well as for the production of different varieties of wines.


 

But what is true about the fact that it is a fruit rich in calories and therefore not recommended for those who want to lose weight? 

Grapes have high sugar values, this for sure. In fact, it ranks among the most sugary fruits, and provides approximately 61 kcal per 100 grams, but mind you: grapes do not contain more calories than many other fruits that we consume in our daily life. Would you like to see some examples?


Just think of the fruit that we always find in our supermarkets: apricot brings about 28 kcal per 100 grams; fresh pineapple 40 kcal per 100 grams; the orange 34 kcal per 100 grams; avocado 450 kcal per serving and 231 kcal per 100 grams; banana has about 100 kcal per serving; the melon provides 70 kcal per 100 grams; roasted chestnuts 100 kcal per serving and 200 kcal per 100 grams; meanwhile, every 100 grams of cherries we consume 38 kcal; for prickly pears we speak of 50 kcal per 100 grams; and every 100 grams of dried dates we accumulate about 235 kcal.

But do we want to talk about dried fruit? So: roasted peanuts provide 100 kcal per serving and 598 kcal per 100 grams; for every 100 grams of dried almonds we consume 603 kcal not to mention fresh walnuts which provide 582 kcal for every 100 grams and 689 kcal in the case of dry walnuts.

Then we find the fruit juices that provide 60 kcal per 100 grams while the grape juice specifically contains 70 kcal per 100 grams of product. Therefore, as you can perfectly see, grape juice is not much more caloric than other fruit juices.


 

What is the composition of the grape?

In this fruit we find an important percentage of water (about 80,3%), of carbohydrates especially fructose and glucose (which are estimated to be around 15,6%), of fibers (1,5%), of protein (0,5%) and di grassi which are very few (only 0,1%). In addition, the grape is rich in mineral salts, in particular potassium and has a high concentration of vitamins including vitamin C, B1, B2, PP and A.

 

So, can we say that grapes are an important ally for health?

Definitely yes! L'grape it's a thirst-quenching and purifying fruit but at the same time nourishing and energizing. Think that it helps the venous system by helping to prevent hemorrhoids, capillary fragility and venous insufficiency of the lower limbs, being also useful for calming the disorders that originate with menopause. In fact, the grape skin contains (resveratrol, the antioxidant par excellence) which basically helps to slow down the aging process.


Finally, grapes are also used to reduce hunger and promote diuresis as it plays a fundamental purifying action on the body.

 

Is this fruit recommended for everyone?

For those who carry out sporting activities, grapes are certainly ideal, so eating a portion of grapes two hours before physical activity will certainly help to integrate the mineral salts and sugars that will be consumed later.


As for people to whom the consumption of sugars has been absolutely forbidden, of course it is not advisable to take it but not even in the case of children under 4 years old as the high content of cellulose present in the skin can cause a digestion difficulty.

And instead what can we say to those who do not engage in frequent physical activity or follow a particular diet? Is it okay to eat grapes?
Absolutely yes! This delicious fruit, in addition to relieving hunger, has an important amount of mineral salts that are useful for the formation of hemoglobin, to stimulate the secretion of bile and to promote digestion, as well as acting as a diuretic and remineralizer. If you want to learn more about how grapes are able to slow down the aging process, we recommend that you read this interesting article.

In conclusion, let's listen to the advice of the Cantine Brusa experts: do not absolutely listen to those who tell you that grapes only hurt and make you fat. This fruit is, contrary to popular belief, one of the foods that contains more vitamins and fewer calories as it is also the antioxidant par excellence.


Grapes are full of beneficial properties for our body so do not be afraid, eat them quietly, your body will draw very important benefits and rest assured: your silhouette will not be affected!

 

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