Phytonutrients — natural chemicals found in plants — are a building block for healthy living. They work to help plants ward off damage from fungi, bugs, and more. So when we eat plant-based foods, we’re ingesting phytonutrients that may very well help protect our bodies against disease as well.
What does this all mean?
The bottom line is that there’s now even more research that eating our greens is important to achieving optimal health. But it’s not just about green leaves — it’s about all fruits and vegetables. Our most recent research, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, demonstrates the benefits of phytonutrients and reminds us that as many as 87% of us still don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in our daily diet.
How much do we need?
The World Health Organization recommends we get at least five servings per day of fruits and vegetables. That includes dried, frozen, fresh, or in 100% juice.
Do five servings sound like a lot?
Getting five fruits and veggies a day may be easier than many of us think — because serving sizes are relatively small:
- Raw fruit = ½ cup (or serving about the size of a billiard ball)
- Dried fruit = ½ cup (or about the size of an egg)
- 100% fruit or vegetable juice = 6 ounces (about the size of a hockey puck)
- Raw vegetables = 1 cup (a baseball-sized serving)
- Cooked vegetables = ½ cup
If we can all work one of these servings into every meal and snack, we’ll be well on our way!
Filling in the Gaps
We all have our own barriers to eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day — but it’s important to get those disease-fighting phytonutrients into our systems. That’s where supplements come in, to fill our nutritional gaps.
In simple tablet form, this product provides more than 10 servings of fruits and vegetables.
For those of us who are constantly on the go! Just slip these handy twist tubes into a pocket or purse. Then add to water for a delicious drink that’s packed with a full day’s worth of vitamins A and C — and only 5 calories.
We can build healthful habits in our kids if we start them young! Formulated specifically for children, these vitamins offer lycopene (found in tomatoes), lutein (found in spinach), quercetin (from apples), plus an exclusive NUTRILITE Phytonutrient Concentrate.
All of these offer simple ways that each of us can start working phytonutrients into our daily health regimen, but they are not the only way. Learn more about how NUTRILITE can help you achieve optimal health.