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Phytonutrients  E-mail


"Phyto" means plant and the term "phytonutrient" applies to nutritional substances found in plants that improve the way your body functions. The plants we eat contain thousands of phytonutrients. The appetizing colors of fresh fruits and vegetables derive from the presence of anti-inflammatory phytonutreints known as carotenoids and flavonoids. Carotenoids are fat-soluble compounds that range in hue from light yellow to deep orange. The best known carotenoid is beta-carotene, the orange pigment evident in carrots and cantaloupe. But other carotenoids, like lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin, have recently received considerable attention for their benefits in preserving vision and fighting cancer. I recommend a diet high in mixed carotenoids, which includes many different varieties of fruits and vegetables: carrots, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, winter squash and papaya. Flavonoids typically range from bright yellow to deep purple in hue. Important anti-inflammatory flavonoids are found in blueberries, cherries, pomegranate, citrus fruits, purple grapes, green tea, onions, dark chocolate and many herbs and spices. In the U.S., perhaps more than in any other country, food has gotten blander and blander. American palates have grown accustomed to the taste of sugar, fat and salt. A major defect of almost every weight loss diet is its reliance on sugar substitutes, fake fats and artificial flavors to reduce caloric intake. If you use these manufactured ingredients in an effort to lose weight, you are reinforcing the brainwashing of your appetite, which believes it can only be satisfied by a sweetness or oiliness or saltiness that overpowers all other flavors of food, subtle or piquant. As much as you need to avoid empty calories and junk foods, you need to embrace the herbs and spices that lend amazing taste to meals and snacks.




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