Phytonutrients are plant-based chemicals found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and beans which give the foods their unique colors and smells, but, their purpose doesn't stop there! These chemicals have beneficial effects on our bodies and play an important role in the prevention, and even treatment, of diseases as they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well.
𝗧𝗬𝗣𝗘𝗦 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗕𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗙𝗜𝗧𝗦
𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗼𝗶𝗱𝘀: also known as beta carotene, alpha carotene and lycopene; they provide the yellow, orange and red colors in fruits and vegetables. They reduce the risk of prostate cancer, improve eye health, and as the body converts these carotenoids to vitamin A it gives a boost to the immune system.
𝗙𝗹𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗶𝗱𝘀: the largest groups of phytonutrients, these have anti-inflammatory properties, increase the production of detoxifying enzymes in the body. These can be found in apples, grapefruit, legumes, ginger and berries
𝗘𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗱: supports cardiovascular health by lowering the cholesterol level and reducing the risk of cancer. These can mostly be found in grapes, pomegranates, blackberries, and pecans.
Mixing and matching a variety of phytonutrients throughout your daily diet will afford a lot of benefits, so make sure you always include colorful fruits and vegetables in your lunches, snacks and dinners!
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