Muscadine is a type of grape that originates from the Southeastern region of the United States. The fruit and its juice are both sweet and fragrant. Muscadine juice has a high concentration of the cholesterol-lowering nutrient reservatrol, making it a healthy beverage choice if consumed in moderation. Knowing the nutritional information for a glass of muscadine juice can help you determine how it best fits into your diet plan.
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Muscadine juice is a more concentrated source of calories when compared to other juices. A 6-oz. serving of muscadine juice contains 105 calories, while the same size serving of apple juice contains 70 to 90 calories and orange juice 80 to 90 calories. As a more calorie-dense food, muscadine juice may cost you more calories to feel satisfied than other juices. Knowing its calorie content can help you make adjustments to your diet to balance your calorie intake.
Most of the calories in the muscadine juice comes from its carbohydrate content. A 6-oz. serving contains 25 g of carbohydrates, 1 g of fiber and 23 g of sugar. In addition to being high in carbohydrates, muscadine juice is also high in naturally occurring sugar. Carbohydrates are your body's preferred source of energy. A healthy diet should get most of its calories, 45 to 65 percent, from carbohydrates, according to McKinley Health Center.
Protein and Fat
Muscadine juice is not a significant source of either protein or fat. A 6-oz. serving contains 1 g of protein and zero g of fat. Protein and fat are both essential nutrients. Protein is important for cell growth, preservation of muscle and immune health. Your diet should get 10 to 35 percent of its calories from protein, according to McKinley Health Center. Fat is an important source of energy and helps you absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Your diet should get 20 to 35 percent of its calories from fat.
A 6-oz. serving of muscadine juice contains 35 mg of sodium. Any food item with less than 140 mg of sodium per serving is considered a low-sodium food. Sodium is also an essential nutrient necessary for fluid balance. In sodium-sensitive individuals, however, high intakes can cause your body to retain fluids, which can in turn raise blood pressure. A healthy diet should limit daily sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day.
A 6=oz. serving of unfiltered muscadine juice contains the same amount of reservatrol as 12 oz. of wine. Reservatrol is a heart-healthy nutrient that may prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce bad cholesterol and prevent blood clots, according to MayoClinic.com. More research on reservatrol is necessary before definitive recommendations can be made, however.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- U.S. Department of Agriculture; Agricultural Research Service; Muscadine Grapes -- New Health Food?; January 1998
- LIVESTRONG.com MyPlate: Calories in Muscadine Juice
- North Carolina Muscadine Association: Muscadine Grape
- McKinley Health Center; Macronutrients: The Importance of Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat; March 2008
- University of Colorado Extension; Sodium in the Diet; J. Anderson; May 2010
- "The Complete Book of Food Counts"; Corinne T. Netzer; 2009