Seeded vs. Seedless Grapes. Health Benefits of Grape Seeds & Creative Ways To Use Them In Recipes <321
March 6, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
Seeded organic grapes, possibly the highlight of my week was finding these at the grocery store yesterday. I was so excited to see them there, however I noticed some other shoppers were not as pumped.
The seeds are “annoying” and people “have to spit the seeds out” causing it to be “time consuming.”
The seeds have loads of nutrients packed inside of them! Typically seedless grapes have been modified in some shape or form.
My favorite types of seeded grapes are concord, black and red grapes. I find these to be much sweeter than green grapes.
My experience with purchasing seeded grapes is that they preserve better and taste better than the seedless ones. This is another one of those moments where I believe my body is trying to speak to me or some sort of intuition is kicking in.
It is argued that seedless fruits are inferior because they are sterile. Without the seeds they have lost their reproductive capacity and are less alive. Or as I unintentionally said in the grocery store explaining to someone why I prefer the seeded grapes, seedless grapes are like the womb being removed. In the raw/living community most foodies view seedless grapes as not being truly raw.
Grapes have that oval, ovary reproductive shape, especially if you cut or bite into one you will see this better. I use this to help me remember that grapes contain the hormone and antioxidant melatonin as well as unique oligopeptides (small protein-like molecules) that have anti-bacterial and other properties.
There is an oil one can purchase at most all natural and organic shops called Grape Seed Extract. It has been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Proanthocyanidins are antioxidant compounds in grape seed extract, reportedly 50 times more effective than vitamin C for hampering free radicals. The supplement also contains flavonoids, vitamin E and linoleic acids.
So why not just consume the actual grape seeds instead?
There have been amazing medical studies with grape seeds and women. Grape seeds contain oligomeric proanthrocyanadin complexes, which the University of Maryland Medical Center states are powerful antioxidants, in addition to other nutrients such as vitamin-E, flavonoids and linoleic acids. Flavonoids are believed to lower the risk of heart disease by lowering ones “bad” cholesterol levels, also called LDL.
Very few people are actually allergic to grape seeds, so if someone tells you they are allergic and you do not believe there is such an allergy, there is!
Grape seeds are typically tiny unless you are eating Concord grapes, but they are packed with highly concentrated nutrients. These seeds are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are healthy fats needed for heart and brain health. Grape seeds also contain high levels of vitamin A and E, which are very beneficial to the skin.
Grape seeds may have a lightly bitter taste to them. It is safe to eat them whole, but I recommend chewing on them or making the seeds into a powder. Like flax seeds, this makes it easier for the body to digest it and not dispose of it whole. Adding ground grape seeds to a smooth, soup, tea, cracker/bread mix, broth, or tonic is a wonderful way of getting them into your diet if chewing on them is currently too difficult.
I hope this post helped a few people with ideas on how and why to consume grape seeds. I was feeling inspired after realizing how many people had a strong dislike for the seeds. Don’t be a bully, love your grape seeds 😉 There are loads of ways to have fun with it and even sneak them into meals. Thank you all for stopping by my site and taking the time out of your day. I greatly appreciate it! Much love ❤ and raw power 😉