When your meal consists of just one or two colors, not only does it not look appetizing and inviting, but you may be missing out on some nutritional value.
We are constantly reminded to eat three to five servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
Scientists have discovered that highly pigmented fruits and vegetables have phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients are natural biochemical components found in fruits and vegetables which work together with vitamins, minerals and fiber to promote good health.
Health care workers and nurses handle patients with severe infections on a day-to-day basis.
If you are not healthy and your immune system is compromised, you’ll easily get infected by viruses because your immunity has been weakened.
Importance of phytonutrients
Phytonutrients contain antioxidants which protect your cells from free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules responsible for tissue damage that cause diseases.
Phytonutrients are associated with prevention and treatment of cancer, heart disease and cardiovascular diseases among others.
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Benefits of eating colorful fruits and vegetables
They are low in calories, and you need not worry about eating small portions of fruit and vegetables.
They are appealing to look at and make a good snack to take to work.
They have a good amount of fiber which is good for your digestion.
They make you feel healthy and energized.
Next time you go grocery shopping, try a fruit or vegetable that you have not had before.
Don’t only focus on what is familiar to you or what you were brought up eating.
It is always fun to try out something new. That means you are adding different antioxidants to your body.
Remember: the more color you have in your diet, the healthier it is for you.
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