Washington: Almost eight in 10 individuals are missing out on the health benefits of a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables, which leads to a phytonutrient gap with potential health consequences, according to America`s Phytonutrient Report.The new report has highlighted that the colour of fruits and veggies eaten can be as important as the quantity.
The findings showed that the biggest phytonutrient gap was found in the blue/purple fruit and vegetable category where 88 percent of Americans fall short.Americans are doing a little better on getting phytonutrients found in green fruits and vegetables - 69 percent fall short.Seventy-eight percent of Americans are falling short in the red, 86 percent in white and 79 percent in orange/yellow. "America`s Phytonutrient Report illustrates that we need to think about more than just quantity when it comes to our fruits and vegetables," said Amy Hendel, a registered physician assistant and health/wellness expert.She is working with the Nutrilite brand on a new campaign to educate people about phytonutrients and the importance of eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. "A daily dose of color could result in positive health benefits," added Hendel.ANI
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