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Grape Consumption May Reduce Heart Disease Risk In The Overweight

April 30, 2010 by  

Grape consumption may reduce heart disease risk in the overweightResults of a recent animal study suggest that individuals who are at a high risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease may benefit from the naturally occurring antioxidants found in grapes.

For the study, a team of scientists from the University of Michigan Health System monitored the health of a group of overweight lab rats that were fed a diet consisting of high-fat foods mixed with a powdered form of table grapes.

After three months of follow-up, the researchers found rodents that consumed a grape-enriched diet had better heart function, lower blood pressure and reduced inflammation than a group of control rats that were not given the fruit powder.

"Reducing these risk factors may delay the onset of diabetes or heart disease, or lessen the severity of the diseases," said lead researcher E. Mitchell Seymour. "Ultimately it may lessen the health burden of these increasingly common conditions."

The beneficial health effects took place even while the rodents experienced no change in body weight. The research team plans to conduct a similar human trial later this summer.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19748161-ADNFCR

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  • Lee Wacker

    Grapes are good, as long as they don’t come from Chile! Our own growers are told not to grow anything, or their produce is sent overseas! No! When I want to eat grapes, I want grapes that are grown in the U.S.A., and not with illegal migrant helpers! Arizona used to have one of the greatest grape markets in the nation, then the rich developers came in and destroyed everything.
    Every time I go to the market, I hopefully look at the grapes—but don’t buy—they are foreign grown, and most likely poisonous. Mexican, Central American and South American farmers are very good at their trade, but far too liberal with their pesticides, and, yes, I have gotten sick off of their produce even after vigorous scrubbing!
    Thought I was going to have get well in order to die! Horrible situation!

  • Stephen Russell

    How about wine TOO esp Im told Red wine.
    FYI.

  • stuff stuff

    Grapes should be properly washed. I heard they’re full of chemicals.

  • http://gmail i41

    Try and buy only USA produced. Our President used Kobe beef that was shipped in, the weonks in Washington want everything shipped in instead of home grown. I’ve raised beef and wheat, and we now let countries dump on us. The way products are brought in to the US as inspected US products is to process anything off shore before docking as a processed product. Since I know beef, our packing plants bring in Canadian or Mexican cattle in to the US, hold them for 31 days and push them through as US beef. Now that Brazilian beef is going to come in soon we will get an outbreak od foot and mouth disease. The dumbest think in the last year was moving the disease control center from an island to the heartland. I like to eat grapes but I will not use or buy products not produced here. I do have a family member who grows grapes, rasberrys,apples, cherries, and plums, so I get home growen fruit. It comes from Minn., ND, and SD. Stop these damn government programs that pay landowners to do nothing with their land and collect millions, USDA figures say 426,000 owners collect 1.7 billion a year. Most are retired. Great taxpayer wildlife production plan. Hopefully people wake up, and will start demanding, producing and depending on their own food.

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