What's A Phytonutrient?
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What's A Phytonutrient?

list of nutrients in fruitsPhytonutrients, also called phytochemicals, are the naturally produced chemicals from plants. For the plant, their role is to fight off pests and to protect the plant. For the human that consumes the plant, there are amazing benefits that help prevent diseases such as cancer, and keep the body working properly. They are found in the various colors of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and tea. There are more than 25,000 phytonutrients, but some of the more commonly known ones are carotenoids, ellagic acid, flavonoids, resveratrol, glucosinolates, and phytoestrogens. As an example, more than 600 carotenoids provide yellow, orange, and red colors in fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids act as antioxidants in your body. This means they tackle harmful free radicals (aka cancer causers) that damage tissues throughout your body.

Ginger-Honey-Lemon Fresh Spring Fruit Salad

Recipe Provided by Lilly Novak

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups strawberries, cut in halves or quarters
  • 1 honeydew melon or 3-4 kiwis, peeled and cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 large oranges, peeled and cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • ½ - 1 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger

Instructions:

Place 1st 5 fruit ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together lemon juice, honey, and ginger. Drizzle over fruit mixture, tossing to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve.