Phytonutrients are the active components of the pigments of different fruits and vegetables. They’re responsible for their color, hue, scent, and flavor. They’re potent antioxidants, which of course we’ve discussed over and over again that antioxidants decrease free radical damage , which causes inflammation and disease in the body. Other studies have also shown that can enhance the strength of th immune system. Foods rich in phytonutrients include:
- red onions
- green tea
- red cabbage
Different colors represent different nutrients in the fruits/vegetables: red=lycopene, red/purple=anthocyanidin, orange=beta-carotene, yellow/green=lutein and zeananthin. Greens like broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and collard greens have more phytonutrients than any other family of vegetables. Get in your fruits and veggies, eat across the rainbow and you could be on the way to not only being healthier now, but decreasing your chances for health problems in the future. For more on our weight-loss programs check out our website at bodychange.net.