Consumption of whole foods is better than isolated food components

Fruits, nuts, and vegetables in the daily diet have been strongly associated with reduced risk for some forms of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases (Prior and Cao, 2000; Produce for Better Health Foundation, 1999; Quebedeaux and Bliss, 1988; Quebedeaux and Eisa, 1990; Southon, 2000; Tomas-Barberan and Robins, 1997; Wargovich, 2000).

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There is increasing evidence that consumption of whole foods is better than isolated food components (such as dietary supplements and nutracenticals). For example, increased consumption of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables was more effective than carotenoid supplements in increasing LDL oxidation resistance, lowering DNA damage, and inducing higher repair activity in human volunteers who participated in a study conducted in France, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain (Southon, 2000).

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