Food and Health

GRAPES


 

Benefits:
  • High in pectin and bioflavonoids.
  • Contain phytochemicals that may reduce risk for heart disease, cancer and stokes.
  • A fair source of iron and potassium.
  • A low-calorie sweet snack and dessert.
Drawbacks:
  • Since they are often treated with sulfur dioxide to retard spoiling, grapes may present a problem for sulfite-sensitive people.
  • Natural salicylates may provoke an allergic response.

 

GOOSEBERRIES


 

Benefits:
  • A good source of vitamin C, potassium and bioflavonoids.
  • Fair amounts of iron and vitamni A.
  • High in fiber, low in calories.
Drawbacks:
  • Their tartness is usually offset with large amounts of added sugar.
  • Gooseberry bushes harbor a fungus that kills some types of pine trees.