Mylo already loves his carrots. I must remember to pick up some yellow and red peppers next time I go to Yau Ma Tei wet market.
What is in colored foods?
Colorful fruits and vegetables contain chemicals classified as phytonutrients. There are no recommended daily allowances for phytonutrients but they may in fact be one of the most important dietary ingredients for animals and humans.
Over 100 of these unique, naturally occurring nutrients are found in fruits and vegetables. They are responsible for the various colors, tastes, and smells of fruits and vegetables. Research suggests that these nutrients are not only powerful antioxidants, but may in fact inhibit certain types of cancer.
What Do Studies Tell Us?
Presently, these health claims are mostly associative. That means that there seems to be some sort of relationship with healthful results but they cannot conclusively be attributed to the phytonutrients. The evidence that the lycopene in tomatoes is a powerful preventative for prostate cancer in men is very compelling.
It will take years of specific research to confirm definitive…
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