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July 14, 2008

G is for Grapes and Grape Juice—Healthy kidney friendly foods

Red and White GrapesA handful of grapes make a healthy snack for a kidney friendly diet—tasty, convenient and full of phytochemicals—amazing plant components that provide health benefits.  Anthocyanins are a polyphenol antioxidant that gives the red to purple color to grapes, grape juice and red wine.  Resveratrol is another polyphenol antioxidant found in grapes.

These and other phytochemicals in grapes protect against heart disease by keeping blood vessels relaxed, preventing inflammation and oxidation of free radicals.  This may be a benefit to anyone with kidney disease because cardiovascular disease and inflammation risks are greater in kidney patients as compared to the general public.  Phytochemicals have also been linked to cancer prevention and protection against nerve degeneration that occurs with aging.

Nutrients in Grapes

1/2 cup grapes contains 1 mg sodium, 88 mg potassium, 4 mg phosphorus
4 fluid ounces grape juice contains 4 mg sodium, 167 mg potassium, 14 mg phosphorus
4 fluid ounces red wine contains 5 mg sodium, 149 mg potassium, 27 mg phosphorus

What about raisins?  Read more…

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