Do you sometimes get stuck eating the same foods over and over that you know you like? They might even be healthy foods, but a little variety (or a lot!) is important when it comes to getting phytochemicals, the plant-based chemicals that are believed to boost our immune systems and protect against disease.
Phytochemicals may help with everything from fighting cancer to improving memory, and scientists say the best way to get them is to eat a rich assortment of plant-based foods. Spinach, tomatoes and grapes are just some of the well-known foods that contain phytochemicals, but there are literally hundreds of others, including whole grains, vegetables, beans, fruits and nuts.
Check out this chart of phytochemical-rich foods and their effects. You might even take it with you when you shop for groceries. In addition to adding more health-boosting phytochemicals to your diet, perhaps you’ll discover some delicious new flavors!