The foods you eat are one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Whole plant foods are more nutrient-dense than processed and fast foods, which are typically high in fats, calories, sugars and sodium, and low in beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre and antioxidants.
By eliminating processed foods and removing many of the known major allergens and incorporating high amounts of nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits and legumes, you can start to live a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Some of the most important nutrients our bodies require come from fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are a source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre, antioxidants and many other unique and powerful nutrients that support a broad range of bodily functions.
Berry nice- berries of all colours and kinds are typically rich sources of antioxidants, which is why you may hear about some of them being referred to as super fruits. It’s this ability to fight oxidizing free radicals that makes them super. Antioxidants called anthocyanin can be found in raspberries, cherries, and grapes. Anthocyanin are responsible for giving berries (and other fruit) their red, blue and purple colours. Blueberries and cranberries provide antioxidants as well.
Eat the rainbow- the bright colours you see in vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and red, yellow and green peppers are due to beneficial antioxidant nutrients called carotenoids. Specific carotenoids like beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin can have a variety of benefits like supporting vision, improving skin resistance to uv light, and also helping fight free radical damage.