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Fruit Bites for Teens: Grapes

bowl of grapesIf popping round, brightly colored, bite-size goodies into your mouth is your thing, skip the Skittles and M&Ms and eat grapes instead. Grapes come in all the cool colors -- bright green, red, and a dark purply black.

Plus, grapes are low in calories (about 60 to 100 per cup) and are full of fiber. And their peelings are full of flavonoids, which help lower your risk of heart disease. In fact, the darker the skin, the higher the concentration of flavonoids.

Because they're about 80% water, you can easily freeze a handful of grapes to use like ice cubes or to put on a stick as a tasty dessert that's better for you than a Popsicle or ice cream bar.

Be careful with grape juice and jelly, though; both are high in sugar. Shake up the old standby sandwich of peanut butter and jelly by covering peanut butter with sliced grapes -- add a dash of cinnamon for extra zing.

International Grape Story

On New Year's Eve in Spain, people eat 12 grapes at midnight -- one for each stroke of the clock. Each grape represents a month, so a sweet grape means a good time; a sour grape -- not so much. The trick is to eat all 12 grapes before the clock stops ringing in the New Year. In Peru, they eat a 13th grape for good luck.

Ready for another bite? Try Apples, Bananas, or Kiwano Melon.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on November 22, 2017

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