Blackberries Instead of Grapes
We already learned grapes are the cause of balsamic vinegar being too sugary, but let’s take a deeper look at them. According to Dr. Berkowitz, “grapes are a problematic fruit.” He continued, “1 cup of grapes contains 14.9 grams of sugar and only 0.8 grams of fiber.” And then reminded us that, “increased sugar levels and low fiber levels will raise blood glucose levels and insulin levels. This will lead to more inflammation and increase gut issues by causing bacterial and yeast overgrowth, weight gain and a higher risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.” Basically, all of the bad stuff that comes with eating high-sugar foods.
That doesn’t mean you need to give up sweet little bites of fruit. He recommends blackberries instead. Here’s why: “One cup of blackberries has 7 grams a sugar and 7.6 grams of fiber,” he notes. “This improved sugar-to-fiber ratio will help improve digestion by decreasing gas and bloating. It also helps to regulate bowel movements as well as improves blood glucose, which will reduce insulin and both the inches around your waist and your clothes size.”
If you’re into skin care, then you know that blackberries (and most berries) are antioxidants, and the sciency way to explain that is that they’re a source of anthocyanins and ellagic acid. “Anthocynains help reduce inflammation by decreasing free-radical production and thus lower the risk of cancer,” he explained. “Ellagic acid also helps protect the skin from ultraviolet damage.”