Grape Consumption Linked to Healthier Eating Habits

Posted 11/21/2012 | By HealthCorps

A new study presented at the recent Food and Nutrition Expo in Philadelphia suggests that regular grape consumption is linked to healthier dietary habits and higher intake of nutrients.

The researchers used the 2003-2008 NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys) reports and specifically focused on the diet of over 21,800 children and adults.  Researchers noted that individuals who regularly consumed servings of grapes and grape products also had higher intakes of:

  • Dietary fiber
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamins A and C
  • Vitamin B-6

It should be noted that many American’s diets lack sufficient levels of calcium and potassium.  In subjects who consumed grapes and grape products, they noted a relatively higher consumption of vegetables, whole grains, seeds and nuts, and a decreased consumption of foods high in cholesterol, saturated fat, when compared to adults not eating grapes and grape products on a regular basis.

If you are trying to find a healthy, satisfying snack, look no further than frozen grapes.  The velvety texture of the frozen grapes is delicious, and the fact that they are cold will slow your pace of eating a bit.  Plus, you can’t argue with the robust nutrient profile of this tasty fruit!!

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