Many people enjoy the flavor of white grape juice but prefer a variety with fewer calories. Light white grape juice fulfills this role and provides a range of nutritional and health benefits. In addition to drinking this juice, you may use it to add sweetness and moisture to recipes. Include light white grape juice in your diet as a snack or beverage.
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Low in Calories
An 8-oz. serving of one brand of light white grape juice contains 70 calories, which makes it a tasty option to satisfy your sweet tooth and a healthy accompaniment to any meal. Note that you may drink this grape juice in place of water; however, do not replace all the needed water in your diet -- eight 8-oz. glasses of water each day -- with light white grape juice. Doing so would add an additional 560 calories to your meal, more than one-quarter of the allowable calories per day in a 2,000-calorie meal plan.
Contributes to Carbohydrate Intake
Your diet should include 225 to 325 g of carbohydrates each day, or 45 to 65 percent of your daily caloric intake, and drinking light white grape juice can help you meet these needs. One serving of this juice provides 17 g of carbs, macronutrients that become energy used to power your body. The carbohydrates in juice also maintain the function of your heart and other muscles, brain, central nervous system and kidneys.
Excellent Source of Vitamin C
Include a serving of light white grape juice in your meal plan, and you take in 100 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. The vitamin C available in this juice is good for your immune system, but it may also provide benefits for your heart. A study published in the May 2011 issue of the “European Journal of Applied Physiology” indicates a connection between vitamin C and the prevention of narrowed blood vessels and impaired heart function in some situations. Consult your physician to see whether drinking light white grape juice may be a good choice to protect your heart.
One serving of light white grape juice provides 20 percent of the iron you need each day. Iron makes red blood cells in your body, an important factor for getting oxygen to all your cells and tissues -- this has a great impact on your energy level. Not getting enough iron or losing blood due to blood donation, menstruation or an accident can leave you with a mineral deficiency, so adding white light grape juice can help boost your consumption of iron and keep your intake levels high.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- MyFitnessPal: Eating Right -- Light White Grape Juice Cocktail
- MayoClinic.com; Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day?; April 2010
- McKinley Health Center; Macronutrients: the Importance of Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat; March 2008
- University of Maryland Medical Center; Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid); June 2009
- "European Journal of Applied Physiology"; Vitamin C Prevents Hyperoxia-Mediated Coronary Vasoconstriction and Impairment of Myocardial Function in Healthy Subjects; Z. Gao, et al.; May 2011
- University of Maryland Medical Center; Iron; June 2009