EN on Foods

May 2004 Issue

Grapes Give You a Grab Bag of Phytonutrients to Fight Cancer and Heart Disease

The Folklore: Cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region for centuries, grapes (Vitis vinifera) were brought to the New World in the 18th century by Spanish explorers. In the 19th century, John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., of cereal fame, prescribed 10 to 14 pounds of grapes daily as a remedy for high blood pressure.

The Facts: Once thought of as offering little more than sugar and water in the way of nutrition, grapes are now respected for their phytonutrients.

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