Health Topics

Dr. Heather Boyd-Roberts

Phytonutrients are "other" nutrients that provide health benefits that are found in plant based foods such as fruits and vegetables. These are crucial nutrients that help us fight against colds and flus as much as they help fight against cancer. Eating a RAINBOW of vegetables and fruits will ensure that you are fulfilling your nutrient quota that is necessary for your body to function at a its best. Here is a list of some of the beneficial ones and where they are found.

Color Nutrient Associated with Color Key Food Sources
Green Indole-3-carbinol, thiocyanates, zeaxanthin, sulforaphane, isothiocyanates, lutein Arugual, cabbage, beet greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, ale, mustard greens, watercress
Yellow LimoneneLemons, other citrus fruits
Purple Lycopene, terpenesRed wine, grapes, strawberries, raspberries
Red Resveratrol, elegiac acid, cyanidin, quercetinTomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, cherries
Brown Genistein, phytosterols, saponins, proteaseSoybeans, mung beans, peanuts, dried beans
White Allyl sulfide, quercetinChives, leeks, scallions, garlic, onion, apples, cauliflower, radishes,
Pink AstaxanthinSalmon
Orange CarotenesMangoes, carrots, apricots, cantaloupe, peppers, squash, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkin