Grapes/Hospital

@Anne18 (11036)
June 4, 2009 12:03pm CST
I was wondering if anyone knows why that if someone is ill in hospital you take grapes when you go to visit them? I also think the visiters often eat more than the patient!! Ha Ha!!!
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@ditea09 (56)
• India
4 Jun 09
yeah miss, your topic is silly but very correct, ill people mostly can't eat alot, the healthy people , the visitors are the ones who gobbled it all,,hahaha
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@Anne18 (11036)
5 Jun 09
Well thank you for finding the time in your busy life to answer my silly topic! Just think you like me have gained a few cents for doing so.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
23 Jun 09
I have no idea. I've never gotten grapes when I've been in the hospital.
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@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
16 Jun 09
hi, we've always wondered that too.. i guess the tradition of taking 'fruits' when visiting someone at the hospital is not only practised in your country, but also in ours.. we've also noticed the same thing - the sick person just lies in bed, and the ones visiting will be the ones enjoying the fruits.. i used to ask my mom - and she explained that usually when people are sick, they dont have the appetite to eat.. and usually would rather eat fruits, like apples or grapes, or some of our own local fruit.. that's why we bring fruits when we visit them..
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@shell1986 (405)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Very interesting...I have honestly never heard of this before! I guess we all learn something new everyday!
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
5 Jun 09
Grapes?? I dun think grapes are as popular as compared to oranges and apples right?? lol =D BUt i guess it's much easier and convenient to be eating grapes as one need not peel those skin.. lol =D PLus, grapes are small enough to be eaten as a snack and not feeling full after eating.. hehe ^_^ So far, i have only visited the hosipital twice, and twice, i did not even buy anything fruits.. lol =D
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
5 Jun 09
I have never done that before or heard of it. I guess they take them because they are a healthy food and they can snack on them while they are there also. That is just my guess.
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@luvandpower (2049)
• United States
5 Jun 09
I honestly never knew about this, but the next time I am there I will make sure I bring some heh!
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
5 Jun 09
Hello Anne good day. What I know and perhaps I always do, every time I would visit friends, relatives that are admitted at the hospital, I would always bring any kind of fruits I could not remember when was the time I brought grapes. Grapes are so expensive compared to some lesser one and they are still nutritious for sick patients. You ask why visitors often eat much than the patient? It's obvious the visitors are in good appetite to eat even all the presents brought by. That's commonly happen..
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@suzzy3 (8362)
4 Jun 09
I think it is because they used to be really expensive and a real treat,so that was why someone only got grapes when they were ill.They are very small and plenty of them so it is easier to nick them off the patient,Ha Ha.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I have never heard of this before. Where did this custom come from? I know that in many places in the world families must feed their members that are in the hospitals.
@UK_Shree (3604)
4 Jun 09
I think that grapes are quite popular to take to someone whilst they are in hospital because they are probably one of the easiest foods to eat. They require no peeling, no cutting etc and they are healthy! Just what an ill person would need actually! I guess the visitors eat most of the grapes because they are so yummy!
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@hanah87 (1846)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 09
Yes,maybe.I have seen peoples who visit their relative that ill.They eat the patient food and also make noise.All patient were disturbed by them.I think hospital staff or nurse should chased out they all who are crazy to do that thing!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
4 Jun 09
I have no idea. I guess it is because grapes are easy to carry and the hospital food is so horrible that they need a little cheering up. Yes and also that with grapes being in bunches you can share. Oh and there is the thing is that perhaps the patient is not allowed to eat the food, so you give her a little when the nurse's back is turned. But I cannot see why it bothers you unless your friend was not allowed to have any grapes or if you were the patient and you resented your friends eating all the grapes while they talked to you. I never took grapes to anyone in the hospital, mostly flowers.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I have never taken grapes to someome in the hospital but i think it would be a good thing. Grapes are good for you, make a good snack, would be easy for them to est w/out being messy etc. Thanks for the tip, i'm going to try that.
@ellie333 (21029)
4 Jun 09
Hi Anne, I haven't a clue other than fruit is good for you and grapes very easy to eat as no peeling involved and one can just be popped in at a time and are pleasant to eat even for someone who is maybe poorly with no appetite. I know what you mean about the grapes being eaten by everyone else though LOL. Huggles. Ellie :D
@candymarie (1368)
• Canada
4 Jun 09
I have never heard if this custom actually....but it sounds like the end event would surely happen lol.
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
4 Jun 09
Maybe because it is easier to eat unlike the other fruits that you have to peel the skin and slice it, lol. And yes I agree most of the time the visitors eat more than the patient, I mean not all the visitors are like this, but some are, lol. Actually when my sister was in the hospital, I am the one who eats most of the food that supposed to be for her, but only because she doesn't want to and I don't want to waste it.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
4 Jun 09
i dont think I've ever taken grapes to someone in the hospital. Flowers yes. Grapes though sorta make sense..its something to fiddle with or eat while you visit. Its healthy and enjoyable. I've taken games too to play with family/friends that are stuck in the boring old hospital.