Do Grapes Help Your Digestive System?

rapes are a a common type of berry fruit that have been included in cooking and wine for centuries. The distinctive nutrient profile of grapes includes high levels of phytochemicals and phenolic compounds that provide well-documented antioxident effects to support cardiovascular health, but the digestive impact of grapes is less established. Current research supports the notion that, while grapes aid healthy digestion for people suffering from certain bowel disorders, the nutritional profile of grapes may also aggravate certain digestive conditions.

Constipation

The fiber content of grapes is largely composed of insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber remains intact as it moves through your intestines, supporting the formation of bulk that produces healthy stools. If you suffer from regular or occasional constipation or bowel impaction, increasing your intake of natural insoluble fiber can ease digestive discomfort and help you produce more regular bowel movements. The clinical center of the National Institutes of Health recommends increasing your daily intake of grapes as a healthy option for increasing your insoluble fiber intake to support digestive regularity due to the high fiber content and relatively low content of undesirable nutrients like fat or cholesterol.

 

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Loose Stools

Diarrhea and loose stools result when your body fails to properly absorb nutrients and water from your food, causing them to pass quickly through your digestive tract without properly forming. One of the primary health concerns of loose stools is replacement of your body’s lost water content. Grapes have a high water content; approximately 70 percent of the weight of grapes comes from water. Ingesting grapes is one food option for replacing the water lost through loose stools. However, the National Institutes of Health does not recommend grapes in an anti-diarrhea diet because of their high insoluble fiber content. Soluble fiber, found in oats and some peeled fruits, absorbs water in your intestines, reducing the likelihood that you’ll experience loose or “watery” stools. Grapes are low in soluble fiber and therefore do not possess the same absorptive capacity.

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