One of the goals when I eat is to pack as many nutrients into a bowl as possible. In terms of nutrient density, you can’t do better than berries and greens. Here we have the dark, leafy green arugula with an assortment of berries.
Greens and berries consistently top the list of nutrient-rich foods. They’re high in nutrients and a rich source of phytonutrients as well. Phytonutrients are plant components that help protect plants against the environment and invaders but also have health benefits for humans.
In fact, there are more than 25,000 types of phytonutrients in plants and only plants have substantial quantities of these natural chemicals. Some of the benefits of phytonutrients are that they reduce inflammation and oxidative stress and may offer protection against certain diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Some of these chemicals even ramp up your body’s own internal antioxidant defense system.
To get the most phytonutrients, choose nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, like greens and berries and add as many natural colors to your diet as possible. Also, don’t overcook vegetables and eat a portion of them raw. Cooking can reduce the levels of some nutrients and phytonutrients.
How about you? Do you like berries in your salads?
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