When consumers are watching their weight, the first thing they look at in food is the calorie count. This is understandable, but is not a good indicator of the nutritional value of a food. Many items, though high in their percentage of calories, are better for the consumer than the same number of grams of another food with fewer calories. What matters is the type of calories. How many calories in grapes are in the form of sugar? The bad news is that sugar accounts for most of the fruit’s calories. While a handful of grapes, any color, will net the consumer just a few, a whole bunch will contain a hundred or more.
Simple sugars are easily converted into fat when a body is not active enough. Then again, natural sugars are better for people than processed sugar. Also, along with sugar, there is plenty of water in a raw grape. Grapes of all kinds contain vitamins such as C, a variety of B vitamins, antioxidants, a tiny amount of calcium, and a similar proportion of iron. The fiber count is high in grapes, and fiber is an important element in weight loss and good health.
Like a lot of foods which are enjoyed in their natural state, grapes are frequently converted into other forms. For instance, they can also become juice, raisins, jelly, and wine. Wine contains plenty of calories. Raisins and juice are also high in calories. The reason for this is that a lot of the water disappears during juicing, drying, or fermenting. This increases the percentage of sugars present, but also the percentage of other properties.
Raisins are often recommended to people with anemia for their iron count, and also contain more of their vitamins in this state. The calories per raisin will be roughly the same as in a single grape, but if you need the iron (and calcium, which supports the efficiency of iron in your blood), then raisins without added sugar are the preferred form.
In wine and juice, grapes are touted for the antioxidants. Many health care professionals and nutritionists wholly support the consumption of red wine (in small amounts) because of their beneficial tannins. Hence, a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or Merlot is perfectly healthy for someone who likes to drink occasionally.
As part of a weight loss program, grapes (raw or dried) are ideal additions to foods which are otherwise bland. For instance, add them to oatmeal and salads for a bit of sweetness or even some crunch. This is preferable to adding a tablespoon or two of fatty salad dressing. A number of salads are made using these products, including broccoli salad, pamplemousse (a salad with grapefruit, grapes, and celery), and many more. In fact, since there are no rules about salad ingredients, inventing your own could lead to delicious combinations full of nutrients, low in fat, while limiting or omitting salad dressing. Walnuts and avocado go beautifully with grapes.
One thing to avoid, however, is grape jelly. This is full of processed sugar besides natural sugars so that the jelly will hold its shape and texture.