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Well…. for detox…
Grapes constitute one of the main detoxifying foods, ideal to carry out cures where they are the only food eaten. It is important to carry out this cure when this fruit is in its biggest abundance, that is to say at the end of summer and until mid autumn. This diet can be carried out exclusively with grape in a quantity that can oscillate from 2 to 3 kilos a day or to combine it with other vegetables or fruits. We can decide to eat it during dinner, breakfast or in both meals at the same time. By practicing this diet it is possible to lose the superfluous weight, at the same time that our organism is purified.. Therefore this diet is not only recommended to obese people but to all those who need a special depurative diet: people affected by rheumatic illnesses such as gout or arthritis; people with kidney problems that need help to eliminate toxins or those with problems in the circulatory system: hypertension, arteriosclerosis or bad circulation in general. All of them will benefit from this treatment. The reason of all this has to be attributed fundamentally to its wealth in potassium (especially in raisins) that controls the balance of the liquids in the organism, and also to its low levels of sodium. ( In fresh grapes) . Equally the presence of vitamin B that intervenes in the metabolism of the fats and carbohydrates.

It is necessary to consider the grape an alkalizer, reason why it purifies the blood. Its consumption can inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. Numerous studies have been carried out to check in which way the presence of tannins and caffeic acid, besides constituting stupendous bactericides, could reduce the probabilities of acquiring this illness. The extract of grape seeds prevents the appearance of some cancers, as breast, prostate or colon cancers. The main component responsible for this property is a flavonoid that appears in the skin of black grapes or in black wine. This component is called resveratrol.

On the other hand, if we eat the whole grape, without discarding the skin, this help to clean our bowels, increasing the fecal matter and preventing constipation. In the same way, grapes have laxative properties.

For their wealth in sugars and carbohydrates, grapes constitute a source of natural energy for those that need to do an extra effort as sportsmen, students, children in time of growth or people with low sugar levels in their blood. This aspect is reinforced when we consume grape raisins, in which case its content in carbohydrates and calories is three times higher than when we eat them fresh.

The importance of the fermented grape or wine has been valued in the treatment of cholesterol. The presence in this drink of alcohol and phenols contributes to diminish cholesterol, to improve blood circulation and to prevent heart attacks. A moderate consumption of wine can favor circulation, but the consumption of red grape without peeling can also bring the same properties without being necessary to take any alcohol, which in a prolonged and abundant use is not good for our health.

Grapes, used externally, constitute a very interesting cosmetic help for the protection and embellishment of skin, since they are one of the best skin humidifiers, so that they hydrate and recover it from the effects of dryness. The pulp of this fruit extended on the face in mask form during 20 or 30 minutes is a good resource to eliminate wrinkles. The sap of the vine can be used to reduce the eyes inflammation.

The vinegar of white grapes can be used to remove the yellow stains of the fingernails (Clean the fingernails with a soft brush impregnated with vinegar)

This fruit, for its wealth in sugars, is not very appropriate for diabetics or those that present intestinal problems because it increases fermentation and flatulence.

As Snobby can attest to, Haagen-Dazs ice cream ranks pretty high on my list of worthwhile calories. And I’ve fallen madly in love with their vanilla caramel latte ice cream. Theres something about the coffe icecream with a hint of caramel that does a body good.
I rate it in the same catergory as sticky toffee pudding, tasty as hell but not everyday. As for that old friend that I’ve re-found, its all thanks to Snobby and her rare find in the supermarket…she managed to find me a tub of Baileys ice cream. The folks at Haagen-Dazs must have heard my complains from across the Pacific! At least now people won’t think I’m a complete tard, saying that Bailey ice cream is my favorite…most out here in their igloos haven’t tasted it nor seen this rare specimen. If you’ve never tried it before please, for your fat-cells-sake go out and get some! Its rich, creamy, like scooping frozen Bailey’s, but the ice-cream only contains 4% of the liquer. It’s bloody amazing so much so, that the hunt is on to find more!!