Eating grapes could lower your risk of heart disease and stroke: Study
A new study has found that regularly eating grapes could lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.
This is because – as with most fruit and vegetables – grapes are loaded with nutrients that can improve health.
Specifically, the research suggests that grapes are a ‘superfood’ thanks to chemicals that boost gut bacteria and lower cholesterol.
The research team tracked 19 people between the ages of 21 to 55, asking them to consume around 40 grapes a day.
These participants were on a diet that was otherwise low in fibre and plant chemicals (polyphenols), so the scientists could focus in on the benefits of grapes alone.
Within a month, the diversity of the group’s gut microbiome was higher, which is a fancier way of saying that inside their tummy were loads more healthy bacteria.
Even better, they had almost 8% less ‘bad’ cholesterol, and levels of beneficial bacteria Akkermansia – which burns up sugar and cholesterol – increased.
Lead author Professor Zhaoping Li, of the University of California, Los Angeles, said: ‘We found grapes have a beneficial effect on gut bacteria, which is great news, since a healthy gut is critical to good health.
‘This study deepens our knowledge and expands the range of health benefits for grapes.
‘It reinforces the heart health benefits of grapes, which include lowering cholesterol.”