Importance of color in fruit and vegetables?


Question from Juicyfruit: Could you talk about the recommendation I've read that suggests eating lots of different colors of fruits and veggies? What is it about colors that's important, or is it something else?
Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. The colors or the pigments in vegetables and fruits reflect certain phytochemicals and these are biologically active compounds that promote health. For example, some are antioxidents, some reduce inflammatory response, some may modify insulin levels, etc. So when you get a variety of color you get a variety of phytochemicals and a variety of health-protective activities in your body.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, the Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Weight Management During and After Breast Cancer Treatment. Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Melinda Irwin Ph.D., M.P.H. answered your questions on managing weight during and after breast cancer treatment.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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