Today, we will have a closer look at Muscadine juice benefits, nutrition and how to make it at home.
Muscadine (Vitis Rotundifolia), originated from south-eastern United States are sweet, dark purple, round, thick-skinned grape variety often referred to as powerhouse of antioxidants. It contains greater amount of antioxidants and vitamin C compared to blueberries, pomegranates or other seedless grapes.
Muscadine juice is considered as one of the healthiest beverages if consumed in moderation because of its high nutritional value. These grapes are usually not-so-favourite because of its seeds and thick skin although the Muscadine benefits are hugely loaded in the skin.
Nutritional Value of Muscadine Juice
The nutrients in Muscadine grape juice may vary depending on the type and where they are grown. For average Muscadine fruit, a single serving of 6 ounce contains 105 calories. As it is more calorie-dense fruit, so the total calorie intake of the day is to be monitored.
The nutrient database for the same amount of juice is as follows:
Carbohydrates 25 grams and Sugar 23 grams
Muscadine juice is high in carbohydrates and naturally occurring sugar. A healthy diet consumes most of its energy from carbohydrates. 6.3 to 10. 2 % of an adult’s daily carbohydrate needs are satisfied by one serving of the juice.
Fiber 1 gram
30% of carbohydrates come from dietary fiber in Muscadine juice. The benefit of fiber is weight management through improving digestive health. It can provide 10 to 15 % of daily fiber requirement of the body.
Protein 1 gram
Muscadine juice provides almost negligible amount of protein and fat.
Sodium 25 milligrams
It is a low-sodium food which is essential for the body’s fluid balance. But high intake of it results in high pressure due to retention of fluid inside body.
The Muscadine skins are particularly rich in the polyphenol compound resveratrol. This is an antioxidant which has numerous benefits for many diseases like cancer and heart problems. It also prevents damage to blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol and prevents blood clot.
Vitamins and Minerals
Muscadine juice has quite an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals. It contains small amounts of vitamins A and C about 7 to 9% and a larger quantity of the B vitamin riboflavin about 100% of the total requirement in each serving.
Muscadines also contribute to a large source of minerals like calcium, phosphorous, potassium and magnesium. It is almost 3 to 5% of adult’s daily need of minerals.
Health Benefits of Muscadine
Take a look at some of the health benefits of Muscadine.
Body weight management
Muscadine juice has about 84% water. Due to its high water content and fiber content, it helps in weight reduction. It is a great snack to control the sugar requirement. It makes you feel full for a longer period and thus controls the overall calorie intake.
Muscadine grapes can be eaten whole or can be transformed to dessert when combined with nuts and cheese. You can inclide They can be included in meals by adding them to salads. They can even be de-seeded and added to fish, poultry or meat to make grape salsa.
Prevention to numerous diseases
All grapes are popular for its rich content of antioxidants. Out of which, especially Muscadines are high source of phenols. The skin of this grape is high in polyphenol compound called resveratrol, which are studied for its antioxidant benefits for various diseases like Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Heart diseases and other chronic diseases.
Fiber-rich nature of Muscadine helps in improving digestive health. The seeds and the thick skin promote bowel movement and prevent haemorrhoids because it is high in insoluble fiber. It gives bowel regularity by preventing constipation and diverticulitis.
How to Make Muscadine Juice?
An easy way of how to make muscadine juice is given here.
- Muscadine grapes – 2lbs
- Sugar – ¼ cup
Method for preparation:
- Wash the grapes thoroughly after de-stemming them.
- Add sugar and place them in a sterilised jar.
- Pour boiling water into the jar.
- Add lids and tighten it properly.
- For about 10 to 15 minutes, place the jar in hot water bath.
- Then remove it and cool it on a wire rack.
- Store it for about 3 weeks.
- Strain the juice through a cheesecloth-lined colander into a clean bowl.
- Refrigerate and enjoy the chilled juice.
- You can use it to make Jelly as well.
Muscadine juice is good for health owing to its more beneficial compounds and health-enhancing properties and the best part is it can be consumed by all age groups.