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Healthy or Hype: Cotton Candy Grapes

Friday, August 03, 2018 9:21 AM

Grapes that taste like cotton candy, are they a healthy and delicious snack or too good to be true?

Cotton Candy Grapes

Cotton Candy® grapes have been bred to be seedless, green and plump, and to taste just like cotton candy. The grape was created in California by the owners of The Grapery, who hybridized a Concord grape and a common grape vine. According to Atara Schayer, Registered Dietitian at NorthShore, these grapes are nutritionally just like any other grape and can have health benefits such as containing antioxidants, being able to help lower blood pressure and alleviate inflammation. The only significant difference is in taste.

These grapes taste so much like cotton candy that it has made some question if they simply injected flavoring into the grapes, but that is nothing more than a sweet conspiracy theory. The Cotton Candy grapes are 100% natural and are non-GMO. These mysterious little balls of flavor were cultivated through simple and natural breeding practices. The one notable difference is that the sugar content and calories are slightly higher than your average grape, but in moderation they are still much healthier for you than processed sugars. These grapes can be the perfect summer snack or sweet treat for kids and a smart option for those wanting something sweet but are trying to improve their health and cut back on processed foods.

Cotton Candy grapes are only available for a short amount of time per year and in limited quantities, but remember to enjoy them in moderation!