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Eating your way to Good Health

Posted on October 21, 2014 09:27 am

Highly functional foods have health promoting phytochemicals in them naturally. They have a positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition. There is recent evidence to support the view that these naturally occurring compounds in fruits, vegetables and whole grains help the body ward off disease and heal itself. There are tens of thousands of phytochemicals in the different foods we consume. There are more to be discovered and only a small amount of the phytochemicals have been studied by scientists.


Examples of these functional foods include some terms you may be familiar with:

Antioxidents- found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Capsaicin- found in hot peppers.

Carotenoids- over 600 forms found in plants.

Flavonoids- found in fruits, nuts, vegetables and tea.

Omega-3 fatty acids- found in krill, tuna and salmon, walnuts, canola oil.

Probiotics- live bacteria cultures added to food, such as yogurt.

Whole foods- food in their least altered state are a rich source of nutrients.

Examples of nutritious foods that should be in your diet include:

Carrots, kale, peaches, spinach, beets, cherries, watermelon and tomatoes.

An easy way to remember some of these foods is to think COLOR. Improve your health by arranging a colorful plate of food. Eating a variety of vegetables and fruits will give you the best protection against disease. Buy and eat fresh vegetables in season when they are at their peak flavor and cost less.


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