Study: Grapes Cut T2 Diabetes, Heart Risk
By Mike Boyle

Could grapes be considered the new "super fruit?"

According to a new study, grapes could help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The study, presented during the Experimental Biology meetings held in Anaheim, Calif., April 24-28, was conducted on rats. Some of the rodents received a diet with regular table grapes (a blend of green, red and black grapes) that were mixed into a grape powder. The rest of them received a grapeless diet.

After three months, the rats eating the grape-enhanced diet had lower blood pressure, better blood sugar levels and better heart function than rats who received no grape powder. Rats also had lower triglycerides and improved glucose tolerance. The effects were seen even though the grape-fed animals had no change in body weight.

Overall, researchers believe the study demonstrates that a grape-enriched diet can have broad effects on the development of heart disease and metabolic syndrome, which places people at higher risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Read more on this study, including comments from the researchers, here.


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Originally posted April 27, 2010.