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Americans Falling Short on Heart-Healthy Fruits and Vegetables
Date:2/17/2010

t focuses on four – allicin, quercetin, anthocyanidins and resveratrol – that research suggests may benefit the heart.  These compounds are grouped in the white and purple/blue color categories and are commonly found in garlic, onions, apples, blueberries and grapes.  

Closing the "Cardio Phytonutrient Gap"

According to America's Phytonutrient Report: Heart Health by Color, 83 percent of Americans aren't getting enough "white" phytonutrients (allicin, quercetin), most commonly found in garlic, onions and apples.  And 76 percent of Americans aren't getting enough "purple/blue" phytonutrients (anthocyanidins, resveratrol), found in blueberries and grapes for example.  

"Heart disease and its risks can be modified by certain lifestyle habits including daily exercise and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which include low calorie sources of potassium, fiber, folic acid, and vitamins A, C and E," says Amy Hendel, Nutrilite's Phytonutrient Coach.

To help close the gap and promote heart-friendly lifestyle choices, Hendel, a registered physician assistant and health/wellness expert, offers the following tips:

  • Cook with Garlic and Onions. Choose to eat and cook with garlic and onions. Garlic offers you the benefits of allicin, a phytonutrient that supports healthy blood pressure. Onions provide the benefit of quercetin, a phytonutrient that also supports healthy blood pressure.
  • Heart-Healthy Snacking. A cup of tea with apple slices, a small piece of dark chocolate or a handful of nuts are all good, heart-healthy snack options.
  • Exercise. It's important to incorporate a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise into your daily routine.
  • Small Changes. Improving your heart health can be as easy as making small changes to your diet. &
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