Fruit Packs A Potent Punch

You're probably already aware that the food pyramid developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults get 2 to 4 servings of fruit and 3 to 5 serving of vegetables daily. A serving is generally defined as one cup, or 8 ounces. If that seems like a whole lot of antioxidants, you're right. Even more than food scientists estimated.

Recent research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports that the polyphenol antioxidant value of fruits and vegetables may actually be 5 times higher than once thought. That's because most of these compounds are difficult for scientists to extract from the cell walls of fruit, although they're readily used by your body.

The Bigger Picture: Polyphenols provide your system with bioactive compounds that offer important support for overall health and wellbeing. When you're lowing carbohydrate intake to lose weight, keep a good number of fruits and vegetables in the mix. You can cut out the undesirable carbs from processed foods to make up the difference.
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