Wellness Tip: Get your Phytonutrients through colorful fruits, vegetables
June 12, 2015
What's a phytonutrient, why do I need them and how do I get them? Phytonutrients are compounds found in fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables. They do not provide protein, carbohydrate or fats. They do however play a vital role in bodily processes like detoxification in the liver, brain activity, memory, heart health and blood sugar control. Try observing the colors you eat. Rather than filling your diet with processed colors of brown, yellow and white, which are often fried or grilled and highly inflammatory, try filling your diet with all colors of the rainbow. Set a goal to try one new fruit or vegetable each week. Keep colorful foods readily available on the kitchen counter or desktop. Fill your plate with every color at the salad bar. Colorful nutrition is an essential part to living a healthy life.
Janet Lott, RN, Diabetes and Wellness Coordinator
The Memorial Hospital at Craig