Experts agree that eating a rainbow of brightly colored vegetables may aid in protecting your health. What does color have to do with it? Bright-colored vegetables (and fruits, as well) are packed with nutrient-rich plant compounds called phytochemicals that help the body neutralize free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to your cells and tissues and may lead to chronic illness.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, the following vegetables contain the phytochemicals that are attracting the most scientific attention:
- Cooked tomatoes
- Leafy greens
- Sweet potatoes
- Winter squash
- Brussels sprouts
Note: Certain vegetables (such as leafy greens) should be avoided if you are on blood thinners. In addition, some vegetables may cause bloating and gas that may aggravate breathing problems. Be sure to discuss these issues with your health care provider before making any changes to your diet.
Choose from the following super food fruit list:
- Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit)
- Citrus fruit peel
3. Black Tea
4. Soy Products
Including the following in your daily diet will help provide for maximum health:
- Soy milk
- Bean sprouts
- Edamame (boiled soybeans)
- Soy nuts
Consider including some of the following foods, which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, in your daily diet:
- Fatty fish (salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, sardines)
- Cooking oils (canola, flaxseed and soybean)
- Nuts (walnuts, butternuts)
NOTE: The above list of super foods is meant to provide you with dietary choices that may benefit your health. It should not replace sound medical advice from your primary care provider or a registered dietician.
AICR. Phytochemicals: The Cancer Fighters in the Foods We Eat.
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