Washington: Consumption of grapes and grape products is associated with healthier dietary patterns and increased nutrient intake among adults and children, findings of a new observational study suggest.The study presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE) in Philadelphia, PA, looked at the association of grape consumption, in the non-alcoholic forms most commonly consumed – fresh grapes, raisins and 100percent grape juice – with the diet quality of a recent, nationally representative sample of U.S. children and adults.Researchers analyzed the diets of more than 21,800 children and adults using data from the 2003-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) and found that consumers of grapes and grape products had increased intakes of total and whole fruit, as well as dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A, C, and B6, versus nonconsumers.Dietary fiber, calcium and potassium are especially important, as most Americans are currently not getting enough of these essential nutrients in their daily diets.
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