Thursday, August 5, 2010


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I once wrote that you should play with your tastes, as every one of the 5 tastes has a healing influence on 1 organ pair: the sour taste loves Wood (Lv, GB), bitter loves Fire (Ht, SI), sweet loves Earth (Sp, St), acrid or pungent or spicy loves Metal (Lu, LI), and salty adores Water (Kd, Bl). But we also should play with the colors of our food as every color has it's phytonutritient.
Once upon a time we thought that fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals were all the nutrients necessary for maintaining good health.
Now science added phytos(phytonutritients).
The best known phytos are carotenoids, flavonoids, and isoflavones. Carotenoids include yellow, orange, and red pigment in fruits and vegetables.
Dark, green, leafy vegetables are rich in the carotenoid, beta carotene, but the usual yellow color is masked by the chloraphyll, the green pigment in the vegetables.
Flavonoids are reddish pigments, found in red grape skins and citrus fruits, and isoflavones can be found in peanuts, lentils, soy, and other legumes.
Phytos are very important as they help to improve the immune system, fight cancer, repair DNA and they are strong anti-oxidants. So next time you go grocery shopping, try to get more color in your food.
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