Nutrition, Food and Health
Nutrition and Foods for a Healthier Life
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Fifteen of the world's leading researchers in diet and cancer recently reviewed more than 4,500 studies; vegetables and fruit came out on top as the food most likely to help reduce the risk of cancer?
Nutrition, Health and Healing
The primary role of diet is to provide sufficient nutrients to meet the nutritional requirements of an individual. There is now increasing scientific evidence to support the hypothesis that some foods and food components have beneficial physiological and psychological effects over and above the provision of the basic nutrients.
Today, nutrition science has moved on from the classical concepts of avoiding nutrient deficiencies and basic nutritional adequacy to the concept of "positive" or "optimal" nutrition.
The research focus has shifted more to the identification of biologically active components in foods that have the potential to optimize physical and mental well being, reduce the risk of disease and promote healing.
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The Power of Antioxidants
Fruits and Vegetables are The Best Source of Antioxidants
What is an antioxidant?
According to the National Cancer Institute; "antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.
Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C and E, and other substances. Many of these antioxidant substances come from fruits and vegetables."
Fruits and vegetables contain a powerful array of antioxidants that offer protection for our bodies.
Beta-carotene is found in many fruits and vegetables that are orange in color, including carrots, Some green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale are also rich in beta-carotene.
Lutein, best known for its association with healthy eyes, is abundant in green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, and kale.
Lycopene is a potent antioxidant found in abundance in tomatoes.
Vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables such as apples, oranges, pineapple, acerola cherries, papaya, carrots, parsley, kale, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and tomatoes.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli.