Are Grapes Good For Weight Loss? Here’s The Truth About This Fruit 2024

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Vitis vinifera L.[1] or vine grapes are rich in flavonoids, anthocyanins, phenolic acids, fatty acids, amino acids, and vitamins. Because of this, they are raw materials in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food industries.

But are grapes good for weight loss?

The flavonoids, anthocyanins, and phenolic acids found in grapes are potent antioxidants.[2] Antioxidants protect you from many chronic diseases like obesity. They fight off cell-damaging free radicals.

Fatty acids offer the body energy and thermal insulation.[3] Amino acids grow and repair muscles.[4] Vitamins are a class of nutrients that help with physiological body functions[5] and antioxidant support.

With these beneficial compounds, grapes are helpful for weight management, heart and brain health, immune system support, homeostasis, and gut health.

Can Eating Grapes Help You Lose Weight?

Yes, incorporating grapes, especially green ones, supports weight loss. Their low-calorie, high-fiber composition promotes satiety, which is essential for calorie control. They are scientifically proven to boost metabolism and contribute to a balanced, nutritious weight-loss diet. Grapes are a smart and convenient choice in a weight loss journey.

Before adding grapes to your diet, consult a doctor for proper guidance on portion control and avoiding any adverse effects.

Are Grapes Good For Losing Weight?

Are Grapes Good For Losing Weight
Grapes are excellent for weight loss. Photo: RossHelen/Shutterstock

Yes, grapes are good for losing weight. 

However, not all grape varieties are equal for supporting weight loss.

Here is a breakdown of the nutritional content of three types of grapes: red, green, and black. This data is from a 2020 report on evaluating the nutritional facts[6] of the three grape types.

  • Fiber: They are almost equal.
  • Sugar: Green grapes have the lowest sugar content.
  • Potassium, magnesium, calcium, and zinc content: Green grapes lead, then red grapes.
  • Iron content: Red grapes lead, followed by green grapes.

Although all grapes are good for weight loss, the green varieties seem the best. These weight-loss grapes are low in sugar and high in minerals.

However, before uncovering the reasons, let’s look at the suitable dietary conditions for weight loss. 

To lose weight, you need a diet that meets the following conditions.

Facilitates A Caloric Deficit

If you want to lose weight, maintain a calorie deficit — consuming fewer calories than you expend. Aim for a calorie deficit of about 500–750 calories[7] daily to lose 1-1 ½ pounds weight weekly.

Calorie restriction[8] ensures the body taps into stored fat for fuel, which leads to weight loss.

Is High In Fiber 

Fiber facilitates feelings of fullness, reducing overall calorie intake. Soluble dietary fiber reduces appetite by slowing gastric emptying[9] and promoting satiety. Insoluble dietary fiber bulks stool and helps with constipation.[10]

For sustainable weight loss, prioritize fiber-dense foods. These include whole grains, vegetables, and fruits for weight loss.

Diet Rich In Metabolism-Boosting Foods

Your basal metabolic rate is the number of calories the body burns to keep it alive. A higher rate means more calories are burned. Consuming foods that raise your metabolic rate facilitates more calorie burn and, thus, more weight loss.

Metabolic-boosting foods may also enhance thermogenesis and improve body composition. Thermogenesis[11] is burning food to generate heat and keep you warm, even at rest. With an improved body composition, the body burns fat efficiently throughout the day. This facilitates sustainable and healthy weight loss.

Examples of metabolism-boosting foods and drinks are proteins, fiber, spices like capsaicin, healthy fats like avocados, and water.

A Diet With Mindful and Balanced Eating

Practicing mindful eating, general mindful awareness, or acceptance may enhance the perception of hunger and fullness cues.

Mindful eating is paying attention to the dining experience. You notice hunger and fullness, taste, and texture without judgment.

General mindful awareness allows a nonjudgemental cognizance of the emotions and impulses you feel when eating. This could help you make healthy food choices.

Acceptance is allowing emotions and food urges without suppressing them. This facilitates the breaking of unhealthy cravings and enables you to eat only when the body is hungry.

A higher acceptance predicts short-term weight loss.[12] General awareness and mindful eating aren’t independent weight loss remedies — they work best as part of a weight loss program.

Reasons Why Grapes Are Good For Weight Loss

Reasons Why Grapes Are Good For Weight Loss
Grapes are nutritionally rich to support weight loss. Photo: Dmytro Vietrov/Shutterstock

Now that you understand how to lose weight via diet, grapes may aid in weight loss for the following reasons.

Grapes’ Nutritional Content:

Here is what 100 grams of raw American-type (slip skin) grapes contain

  • Calories: 67 kCal.
  • Dietary fiber: 0.9 grams.
  • Protein: 0.63 grams.
  • Water: 81.3 grams.
  • Total fats: 0.35 grams.
  • Cholesterol: 0 grams.
  • Carbohydrates: 17.2 grams.
  • Vitamin C: 4 milligrams.
  • Potassium: 191 grams.
  • Magnesium: 5 grams.
  • Iron: 0.29 grams.
  • Calcium: 14 milligrams.
  • Zinc: 0.04 milligrams.

The above is according to the U.S. Department Of Agriculture.[13]

Grapes offer minimal calorie content while contributing to a calorie deficit. The fiber and protein content may promote a feeling of fullness and prevent overeating tendencies. Water in grapes may help with satiety.[14]

Grapes may be fit for a body fat loss diet because they’re low-fat and zero-cholesterol. However, a low-carbohydrate diet[15] offers better yearly results for sustainable weight loss.

The carbohydrate content of grapes is higher, so you must be mindful of your portion sizes.

Essential Nutrients For Weight Management

Grapes are also rich in beneficial nutrients that promote weight loss. These are

1. Vitamin C,[16] which may

  • Regulate high blood sugar.
  • Break down fat in fat cells.
  • Control stress hormones.
  • Stop fat cells from making sugar to store.

2. Antioxidants like resveratrol[17] may offer

  • Anti-obesity properties.
  • A reduction in insulin resistance.
  • Help with metabolizing fatty acids.
  • A decrease in body weight and fat tissue weight and size.

3. Potassium supports weight loss by reducing your body mass index.[18] BMI is a weight-to-height ratio. Its reduction reflects weight loss..

4. Flavonoids in grapes may prevent the development of obesity.[2] This is because of this natural compound’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

5. A regular intake of anthocyanins may reduce obesity-associated inflammation[19] in overweight people.

6. The amino acid quantity is relatively low, but adding it to a protein-rich diet may aid in skeletal muscle development[4] and repair. The highest quantity of amino acids in 100 grams of grapes is

  • Glutamic acid at 0.131 grams.
  • Arginine at 0.046 grams.
  • Aspartic acid at 0.077 grams.

7. Grapes are also rich in minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and zinc.

Ways To Incorporate Grapes To Your Diet To Lose Weight

Grapes are nutritious, delicious fruits that support weight loss. Here is how you incorporate them into a diet to lose weight.

Meals

The first way to add delicious fruit to your weight loss diet is to have them as part of a meal. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Salads: Incorporate grapes into meat and green salads.
  • Grain bowls: Combine grapes with quinoa, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, chopped veggies, and lean protein.
  • Sandwich options: Add grape slices to your turkey or cheese sandwiches.

Snacks

You may also eat grapes as snacks in between meals in the following ways:

  • Eat grapes raw: Snack on raw whole grapes for a naturally sweet and refreshing treat.
  • Eat grapes frozen: Have frozen grapes as popsicle alternatives. Dip them in yogurt or dark chocolate for added sweetness.
  • Make a snack bowl: Pair your grapes with nuts, cottage cheese, or yogurt.

Desserts

You may have grapes as part of your sweet tooth dessert entrée in the following ways:

  • Fruit salads: Add grapes into a bowl with other fruits in your healthy diet. Add melons, berries, pineapples, mango chunks, and any other fruit.
  • Smoothies: Grapes offer a burst of colorful antioxidants for smoothies. Gymgoers using greens powders for supplementation may add grapes to their pre or post-workout smoothies.
  • Consume grape juice: You may blend grapes with lemon juice or any you love for a nutritious, sweet dessert drink. As per the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,[28] limit your consumption of juices to 1/2 cup (4 ounces) per day to avoid consuming too much sugar.

Tips To Incorporate Grapes In A Weight Loss Diet

Here are some tips to consider when adding grapes for weight loss:

  • Always moderate your portions. Consult your doctor on the appropriate daily consumption for your weight loss journey.
  • Opt for green grapes as they are nutritionally superior.
  • Minimize the addition of unhealthy toppings like whipped cream and sugary dips.
  • Pair your grapes with healthy foods like lean proteins, nuts, seeds, plain yogurt, and low-fat cheeses.
  • Ensure you consume table grapes. These are the kinds farmers grow for raw consumption and not for making white or red wine, cosmetics, or medicines.
  • If you take fruit and vegetable supplements, have a doctor guide you on how much fresh grapes to eat to avoid excessive intake.

Are Grapes for Weight Loss Suitable for Everyone?

Grapes are great, but can they fit everyone’s weight-loss diet?

No, some people should avoid grapes altogether in their diets. They are

  • People with allergies and sensitivities to grapes and their by-products.
  • People with health problems or on any medication that can interact with grapes negatively.

Despite being suitable for diabetes[29] due to its antioxidant nature, people with diabetes should consume grapes moderately. Grapes contain a lot of sugar, which may cause blood sugar spikes if you do not check them.

The Bottom Line

Are grapes good for a diet for losing weight? Yes, grapes are low in calories and fat and high in weight loss-promoting nutrients. You can eat grapes as meals, desserts, drinks, and convenient snacks. Everyone, including athletes, may also add grapes to their pre and post-workout smoothies.

These juicy nature gifts offer far more than a weight loss health benefit. The other health benefits of grapes are optimizing metabolism, heart health, and overall health.

Still, before adding these tasty fruits to a weight loss diet, consult a healthcare professional for proper guidance. Practice moderation and eat fresh, nutritious foods. Also, prioritize living a healthy lifestyle and staying fit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are green grapes good for weight loss?

Green grapes are ideal for weight loss due to their high nutritional value. They are high in potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and fiber. They are low in calories and fat.

What are the best grapes for weight loss?

All grapes are ideal for weight loss. However, green grapes top the list for weight loss.

How many grapes should you eat per day?

Moderation is key; around 1-2 cups of grapes daily may align with a balanced diet. Consult your doctor for precise measurements.

Does the sugar in grapes cause weight gain?

No, the natural sugars in grapes, in moderation, don’t cause weight gain.

Are grapes fattening?

No, grapes are not fattening. They are a low-calorie fruit with high water content and beneficial nutrients.

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