This is the monthly recipe issue, but WOW – have you been reading the buzz about the “astonishing”, “remarkable” study about the effect of grapes for genetic remodeling, gut bacteria, the brain, and liver? Although all foods affect the body’s organs and systems, this research seems to indicate that grapes can change our genetic expression. But yikes, according to the study, 2 1/2 pounds of grapes a day is the magic amount to see the results. The mice in the study were given grape powder, but many studies indicate that supplements don’t work to enhance human health, so how do we get the benefit…?
The articles about the study also don’t specify green or red grapes. Probably red – research like this from The Cleveland Clinic supports the added benefit of resveratrol in red grapes . But there is this Harvard study that found that there is no health benefit from resveratrol. Seeded or seedless? There is some research in the benefit of grape seeds. But since supplements are probably ineffective, so we should also eat the seeds from 2 1/2 pounds of red grapes? Is your head starting to spin?
Nutritional science continues to evolve, which is a good thing. But remember when the sugar industry paid scientists to convince us that fat was bad? Guess what…
This study was partially funded by the California Table Grape Commission, but of course they deny any involvement with the study itself. Media headlines and soundbites create confusion, and promote misinformation – not good health.
To maintain optimal health we need to consume a varied, balanced diet, mostly plants, and plenty of fiber.
The antioxidants and polyphenols in grapes can reduce inflammation, and it’s agreed that we need to eat several servings of fruits every day- all of the colors – not 2 1/2 pounds of a single fruit.
I think I’ll buy a bunch of grapes this week just because I like them. This salad recipe and and smoothie are delicious ways to use them!
Let me know what you think about all this conflicting dietary science. As a certified Precision Nutrition coach I can help sort it out with you.
Kale Grape Feta Salad
Ingredients for 12 servings
Toss kale, grapes, feta cheese, and walnuts together in a large salad bowl.
Stir seasoned rice vinegar and water together to make 3/4 cup total volume. Whisk honey and olive oil into the vinegar mixture until completely integrated; pour over the kale mixture and toss to coat.
Beet Grape And Green Tea Smoothie
Ingredients for 1 serving
1/4 cup chopped beets
1/2 carrot in chunks
3/4 cup red grapes
juice of half orange
small piece of ginger, peeled
1 tsp of flaxseed meal, 1 tsp chia seed
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup cold green tea
Make a cup of green tea and let cool. Blend all ingredients with a powerful blender.