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Westlake Weekly Update 6.23.21 


Featured Item: Grapes are Great!


Grapes are great! There’s no denying they’re a popular choice for kids and adults.  In fact, they have become more popular in recent decades.  In 1970, the average person consumed 2.9 pounds of grapes each year.  The number steadily increased over the years.  Today it is reported that the average person eats about 8 pounds of grapes each year!


That’s fantastic news for our health.  Grapes are considered a “superfood”.  While the term is thrown around a lot, it remains true for the mighty grape.  A superfood is generally considered to be a natural food that is nutrient-dense and minimal calories. Experts agree that integrating these superfoods into a balanced diet will have significant benefits for your overall health and heart.


The health benefits of grapes start right within the skin, where they contain phytonutrients — plant chemicals that contain disease-preventing compounds. Then, the health benefits extend to the fruit’s array of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that fight a wide variety of cancers, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. 


The complex carbohydrates in grapes can give you a much-needed energy boost! Try reaching for a bunch mid-afternoon instead of stopping for a caffeine buzz. Most athletes will attest to the benefits of grapes as a pre-workout snack!


I’m sure you’ve heard drinking red wine (in moderation of course) is good for you. There’s a real scientific reason behind this statement. Although most of us hear red wine is good for our hearts…and pop goes the cork! The fact is, grapes contain polyphenols that suppress atherosclerosis. What is that? Just a fancy term for a type of heart disease that results from a buildup of cholesterol in the artery walls of the heart and brain… and that’s no good! 


Lastly, grapes are great for our bone health! Grapes contain manganese. This word you may not be familiar with is a mineral already occurring in our bodies in small amounts. It contributes to healthy bones (through allowing your body to better absorb calcium and also creating essential enzymes to build bones), but also boosts your metabolism, regulates hormones, and normalizes your blood sugar. 


Truly the list goes on! Grapes are a super choice for our health and the health of our loved ones. They are readily available and great low-cost snacks, compared to some prepackaged snacks, which will remain nameless.  So go ahead and eat the whole bunch!


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