While published research on grapes points to them being rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, it’s the finding of a particular substance called “resveratrol” that has many health proponents excited. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring substance found primarily in the skin of the dark red and purple grape, and to a lesser extent in green grapes.
Since red wine is made from red and purple grapes, it may be a factor in the “French Paradox.” The idea of the French Paradox is that the French eat a diet relatively high in fat and cholesterol, mostly from butter and cheese; yet, supposedly due to their high red wine intake, they have a correspondingly low incidence of heart disease. Though the cause and effect of this French Paradox has never been proven, it is an interesting and compelling theory that has us focused on resveretrol.
Whether you buy all that or not, just remember to buy good grapes. Good grapes are hard grapes. They should be fresh and crunch like an apple. Also, grapes stay fresher when attached to the stems, so when having some, clip off the desired amount and leave the rest attached to the stems.
Grape Caesar Salad
- Combine in bowl desired amount of sliced seedless red grapes and chopped romaine lettuce.
- Sprinkle on aged shredded parmesan cheese.
- Add in Caesar salad dressing.
- Toss and serve.