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Phytonutrients: Everything You Need to Know

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.



๐—ง๐—ฌ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—•๐—˜๐—ก๐—˜๐—™๐—œ๐—ง๐—ฆ


๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜€: 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.


๐—™๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜€: 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


๐—˜๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ: 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!


Want to find out more about the best way to include the right phytonutrients in your meals? Get in touch: nutrition@taimurcantoni.com

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