If you want to load up on beta-carotene and other carotenoids that may help fight cancer and heart disease, which do you choose to make for dinner: carrots or sweet potatoes?
More people eat carrots than sweet potatoes, but they may want to rethink that. Why? The most popular fruits and vegetables may not be the healthiest choice you can make.
According to researchers from Nutrilite, making simple swaps--such as sweet potatoes instead of carrots--can provide a bigger nutritional kick because certain fruits and vegetables are far richer in phytonutrients, which may help prevent disease.
The five best fruits and vegetables to eat:
1. Sweet potatoes instead of carrots
2. Papaya instead of oranges
3. Raspberries instead of strawberries
4. Watercress instead of mustard
5. Kale instead of spinach
- Sweet potatoes have nearly twice as much beta-carotene as carrots.
- Papaya has 15 times more beta-cryptoxanthin than oranges.
- Raspberries have three times more ellagic acid than strawberries.
- One cup of watercress contains as much isothiocyanate as four teaspoonfuls of mustard.
- Kale has three times more lutein/zeaxanthin than spinach.
The findings were presented at the Experimental Biology conference in Anaheim, California.
--From the Editors at Netscape