One thing you won’t see listed on a nutrition panel that you can find in many whole foods are beneficial compounds called “flavonoids”. We’ve mentioned them in some of our previous posts, so let’s get some more detail on what they are and what they can do for you:
- “Flavonoids” are a large group of phytonutrients (plant compounds) that are found in almost all fruits and vegetables. There are around 6,000 different types.
- Some of the more-known flavonoids include quercetin and kaempferol.
- Each type of flavonoid is used by your body in a different way.
- They can have powerful effects such as acting as antioxidants, reducing inflammation, protecting against disease, and balancing hormones and cholesterol.
- They help your body function better while also protecting it.
- Brightly colored plants get their color from flavonoids.
- Flavonoids can be found in a huge variety of foods including: onions, kale, grapes, tea, peaches, berries of all kinds, tomatoes, broccoli, celery, and citrus fruits.