While the blue in blueberries might help to signal what nutrients are present in this fruit, there are many more beneficial phytochemicals that are colorless as well. In fact, the largest class of phytochemicals, called “flavonoids,” is, for the most, part colorless.
Health benefits: Flavonoids work as powerful antioxidants that may help the body to counteract free-radical formation.
According to Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), there are more than 4,000 different flavonoids:
-myricetin (in berries, grapes, parsley, and spinach)
-quercetin (in onions, apples, broccoli, cranberries, and grapes)
-apigenin (in celery, lettuce, and parsley)
-luteolin (in beets, bell peppers, and Brussels sprouts)
-hesperetin and naringenin (both in citrus fruits and juices)
-catechin (in tea, red wine, and dark chocolate)
-epicatechin, gallate, epigallocatechin, and epigallocatechin gallate (in teas, fruits, and legumes)
Anthocyanidins: (in blue/purple and red fruits and vegetables)
As we continue to learn more about phytochemicals, the list of health benefits is sure to grow!
The beauty of a plant-based diet is that it is not only good for the planet, our fellow animals, and us, but it is also filled with bright, beautiful fresh fruit and veggies that tantalize the eye and attract the taste buds. So dig in and enjoy!