New research published in British Journal of Nutrition has found that the intake of fruits and vegetables by the people has become less around the world. The research further states that adults need to double their consumption of fruits and vegetables to meet the World Health Organization (WHO’s) recommended rate of 5 servings (400 grams) per day.
Many researchers have suggested that eating foods rich in phytonutrients may provide a wide range of health benefits such as promoting eye, bone and heart health and also support immune and brain function. In addition many phytonutrients are antioxidants that can help fight the damage caused to our body cells.
The decrease in consumption of fruits and vegetables results in low intake of phytonutrients (organic compounds found in fruits and vegetables) which are potentially essential to support health and wellness.
The study conducted in 13 regions worldwide found that adults consuming five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables had two to six times the average intake of phytonutrients of adults consuming fewer than five servings per day.
Both the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables in a person’s diet are important for a healthy life. In order to consume a range of phytonutrients people should aim to meet recommended intakes of fruits and vegetables and eat an assortment of fruits and vegetables.