FRESNO, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent survey of family
physicians conducted by the California Table Grape Commission shows that
three out of four doctors believe the nutrition training they received in
medical school was less than adequate.
Nearly all the doctors (97 percent) in the survey of the American
Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) membership felt it was at least
somewhat if not mostly their responsibility to provide dietary and
nutritional counseling to patients. Yet, only two out of ten doctors felt
very informed counseling patients. The majority believed they were only
At a time when research shows diet can impact American health issues,
96 percent of doctors surveyed indicated an interest in learning more about
nutrition to advise their patients. Recognizing that doctors want to
provide accurate counsel to their patients, Delia Hammock, MS, RD,
Nutrition Director, Good Housekeeping Research Institute says, "With the
increase of diseases such as diabetes and obesity, it's important for
doctors to be confident in making dietary recommendations because something
as simple as changing a snack pattern can make a big difference in overall
The commission is at the AAFP national convention this week, providing
physicians with nutrition information about healthy snacks such as fresh
grapes from California. While grapes appear on the surface as just a sweet
treat, they make a smart snack food choice, providing abundant
phytonutrients including resveratrol, the same substance found in red wine
that may protect the heart.
"When substituting sweet, juicy fresh California grapes instead some
salty or sugary snacks, you'll enjoy a sweet tooth fix while saving about
200 calories. This means you can lose up to 10 pounds in six months just by
taking this simple step," says Hammock. At just 90 calories per 3/4 cup
serving, their moderate glycemic food index value makes grapes a part of
most lifestyle diets.
California produces 99 percent of the fresh grapes grown in the United
States. The California Table Grape Commission was created by the California
legislature in 1967 to increase demand for fresh California grapes through
a variety of research, education and issue management programs.
Snacking, recipe and decorating ideas as well as health information can
be found at http://www.freshcaliforniagrapes.com .
CONTACT: Jim Howard
SOURCE California Table Grape Commission