A quick search of the Internet yields tons of information regarding health and fitness. If you’ve delved into the plethora of diet research, you’ve most likely come across the terms macronutrients and micronutrients. Too often in diet programs macro and micronutrients steal the show, but a lesser-known dietary component is also integral to improving overall health and losing weight. Enter phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients are a big deal! They’re also called phytochemicals because they don’t technically supply energy, but they do supply an amazing amount of health benefits to us. Phytonutrients are found in plants, where they act as defenders to help those plants survive disease or even insect infestations. When we eat those plants and consume the phytonutrients they contain, we benefit.
Phytonutrients are powerful antioxidants, which help us fight illness and disease. They have been known to help decrease blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce symptoms of menopause, and lessen the risk of osteoporosis. They’re beneficial to our eyesight by preventing cataracts, and some have even been found to reduce the probability of developing certain types of cancer.
Here’s something that sounds kind of crazy: just one piece of fruit or vegetable may contain more than fifty phytochemicals! So, when you eat your fruits and vegetables, you get the best nutrition possible. With phytonutrient-rich foods, you can eat more, feel full longer, and don’t have to worry about your weight. Think about it: one candy bar typically has about 120 calories in it. To consume 120 calories from vegetables, you would have to eat one of the following:
- 4 cups of kale
- 12 stalks of celery
- 4 carrots
- 30 spears of asparagus!
- 2½ stalks of broccoli
- 12 cucumbers
- 4½ cups of snap beans
- 2 heads of iceberg lettuce
- 4½ medium-sized tomatoes
Who can eat 12 stalks of celery at one time? Not many, if any, humans! With all the fiber that one or two stalks of celery contain, you’ll feel full and satisfied much longer than you will after that sugar spike from your candy bar drops. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right foods to supply your body with the proper nutrition. A healthy diet that contains the macronutrients, micronutrients, and phytonutrients your body needs is an essential part of healing your metabolism and losing weight.
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If you are ready to start your wellness journey and want to learn more about incorporating nutrient-dense foods into your diet, losing weight and feeling amazing, contact us today to book a consultation with one of our nutritionists near you. At Revitalize, our board certified health coaches are here to help you achieve your weight loss goals so you can feel your best.
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