Choose Dark-hued Produce for Your Heart

posted Nov 11, 2011, 8:24 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:25 AM ]
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You know you need to eat more fruits and vegetables every day, but did you know that variety is just as important as volume? Eating 10 apples a day won’t give you the same benefits as including foods from every color group in your diet.

To make this concept simple, the NUTRILITE® brand has created the Nutrilite® Phytonutrient Spectrum, which shows you the varied benefits of eating red, orange and yellow, green, white, and purple and blue foods.

One color you won’t see on the spectrum is black, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook the benefits of black currants, blackberries, or black beans.

These powerhouse foods all contain anthocyanidins, a group of phytonutrients that can be found in abundance in many blue and purple foods, but are also present in these black nutritional standouts. Phytonutrients are natural chemicals found in plants that produce their vibrant colors and provide important health benefits when consumed.

Anthocyanidins have strong antioxidant properties and play an important role in protecting the body from free radical damage. They also support heart health, and there is evidence that they may support cell health, skin health, and digestive health.

Incorporate fresh black foods into your family’s diet. Take advantage of summer produce and embark on a blackberry picking trip with the family (blueberries also contain many anthocyanidins). Try adding black beans to a festive salad with fresh corn, tomatoes, avocados, and grilled chicken – top with a little bit of salsa for taste and enjoy the healthy, fresh flavors of the season!

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