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Phytonutrients are those substances of plant origin that give fruits and vegetables their color. They go beyond vitamins and minerals, providing the body with benefits according to their color.
Between the white foodHowever, one must differentiate between refined foods, such as white bread, rice or pasta, which are not as healthy as their whole grain counterparts, and other foods that are loaded with healthy and desirable nutrients in a balanced diet.
Cauliflower, mushrooms, asparagus, garlic and onion, white beans, potatoes, and some fruits such as apple, pear or apricots and nectarines, with off-white flesh, can be included in this group. In general, they are related to properties such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and therefore a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. However, its most popular benefit is related to the immune system, since, in addition to improving its functioning, it ensures the proper functioning of the lymphatic system and helps the recovery of cells that are damaged.
Organosulfides, one of the phytonutrients present in white foodThe main benefits are good bone health and the correct functioning of the circulatory and cardiovascular systems. Allicin present in garlic, improves blood circulation and, recently, new studies link it to lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. In addition, it has antibiotic and antioxidant properties. Although garlic is not a food that has great appeal among children, its antimicrobial properties are something to consider, since they provide extra protection, especially in the colder seasons, when they are more prone to infections external.
In addition to organosulfides with antimicrobial properties, like allicin in garlic, in the onion You can find a flavonoid, quercetin, an antioxidant that prevents cerebrovascular problems and, given its power to block the release of histamine, can prevent allergies. This substance is also found in significant amounts in apples and grapes. Its antihistamine properties make it very interesting, due to the increase in allergies and asthma among children. It is also related, according to some studies, to inflammatory processes, where it can participate reducing both discomfort and swelling, something, again, of great benefit for those dreaded infections during childhood that occur with pain and inflammation. In addition, the phytonutrients present in onions participate in maintaining the correct blood sugar levels, something of potential interest when there is a tendency to obesity and especially in the case of diabetics.
Cauliflower It deserves a separate mention, since, in addition to phytonutrients, it contains many of the most recommended micronutrients during pregnancy, such as folic acid and vitamins A, C and some of group B, as well as being an excellent source of calcium and other minerals. The phytonutrients present in cauliflower have antioxidant functions, ensure proper bone formation and optimal cell growth, as well as protect the immune system, making it a very complete food in all trimesters of pregnancy.
Despite not being a color present in the rainbow, white, in food, also enjoys great appeal, with a wide variety of health benefits.
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