Falling Flat With Phytonutrients

Many phytonutrients contain powerful antioxidants which help guard against cellular damage in the body. A fruit or vegetable's color is a good indicator of which phytonutrients they supply. For instance, purple/blue produce is generally a rich source of anthocyanidins and resveratrol while the yellow/orange choices are likely to contain alpha- and beta-carotene.

Getting just some of these phytonutrients isn't as beneficial as getting a broad range in your diet. This is where the term 'eat a rainbow' comes into play. A study entitled America's Phytonutrient Report suggests that 88% of us aren't getting enough of the purple/blue fruits and vegetables, and 69% of American adults don't even eat enough of the much more common green varieties.

The Bigger Picture: For those living outside a tropical climate where fresh fruits and vegetables are readily available year-round, finding quality whole foods can be a challenge. Your alternatives are specialty stores, the freezer section and multivitamins augmented with fruit and vegetable extracts.
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