Saturday, May 24, 2008

How you can incorporate more phytochemicals into your diet?

Written by Neill Abayon

What is phytochemicals? Well for those who don't know phytochemicals are nonnutritive plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing compounds. More than 900 different phytochemicals have been identified as components of food, and many more phytochemicals continue to be discovered today. It is estimated that there may be more than 100 different phytochemicals in just one serving of vegetables.

Increasing the consumption of plant products in one's diet should not be difficult or time consuming. There are plenty of simple strategies for increasing dietary fruits, vegetables, and grains, including the suggestions below:

* Keep fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, and canned) stocked and in sight.
* Reach for juice instead of coffee or soda.
* Add chopped fruit to cereal, yogurt, pancakes, muffins, or even a milkshake.
* Snack on fresh chopped carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and peppers (purchase at a salad bar to save time).
* Add fresh greens, carrots, celery, parsley, tomatoes, and/or beans to your soups.
* Store dried fruit (apricots, dates, raisins, and more) for a quick snack at home or work.

There are also several other easy methods for increasing fruits, vegetables, and grains in your lifestyle.

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