Eating more grapes and grape products is linked to healthier eating and improved nutrient intake, according to Eureka Alert.
A study of the diets over 21,800 children and adults from 2003 to 2008 found that people who ate grapes and grape products such as raisins and grape juice showed increased consumption of fruit as well as the nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Adult grape consumers also ate more vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds and incorporated less added sugars, total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol into their diets than adults who did not eat grapes.
The study supports extensive research about the role that grapes, raisins, and 100-percent grape juice plays in a healthy lifestyle.
"Grapes, raisins, and 100% grape juice are all foods that people enjoy eating, and this information adds another dimension to the grape and health story," says Jean-Mari Peltier, Executive Director of the National Grape and Wine Initiative.