9 Healthy Benefits of Snacking on Grapes (and Adding Them to Every Cheese Board)

Grapes are a favorite fruit of people of all ages, serving as a popular finger food for children, the star element in adults' favorite happy hour drink, a crisp and healthful midday snack,

and the crown jewel of heavy chicken salads and cheese boards. With so many grape varietals and grape-based products available, there are an equal number of health advantages,

including antioxidants and nutrients that support immune health, brain health, eye health, and much more. So you can enjoy these bite-sized nibbles even more knowing they're excellent for you.

Grapes may have one of the most interesting histories of all the fruits. Grapes (also known by their latin name Vitis vinifera L.) were first cultivated in the Middle East as early as 6500 BC,

according to archaeological evidence, with cultural mythology holding these vining fruits to signify fertility

and abundance.1 The popularity of grapes quickly spread across the globe, mostly due to winemaking.

These spherical fruits are technically berries, having sprung from the perennial vining Vitis vinifera vine, whose woody limbs can reach heights of up to 12 feet. 

Grapes come in a variety of colors, including green, blue, purple, red, and pink. 

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