GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb 06, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- America's Phytonutrient Report was originally issued October 14, 2009, by Nutrilite, based upon an analysis completed by Exponent. Exponent has since revised its analysis, resulting in an updated version of America's Phytonutrient Report.
The conclusion of both reports - that, on average, eight out of 10 Americans have a phytonutrient gap, as described in the report - remains the same. Some of the original report's statistics, which demonstrate the number of Americans falling short in four of five color categories of phytonutrients, have changed.
America's Phytonutrient Report was developed from an analysis of data from NHANES, surveys that capture what Americans eat daily, and supplemental nutrient concentration data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the published literature.
The affected percentages from the report include:
Appeared October 14, 2009 as:
69% fall short in green
78% fall short in red
86% fall short in white
88% fall short in purple/blue
79% fall short in yellow/orange
69% fall short in green (unchanged)
74% fall short in red
83% fall short in white
76% fall short in purple/blue
80% fall short in yellow/orange
Many Americans are missing out on the health benefits of a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, resulting in a phytonutrient gap with potential health consequences, according to the report, which looked at fruit and vegetable consumption in five color categories, specifically green, red, white, blue/purple and yellow/orange. The report focuses on 14 phytonutrients of interest to comprise the five color categories, and the percentages of Americans who have a gap in each of these phytonutrients also have been corrected in the revised report.
The health benefits of phytonutrients are believed to come from the compounds that give these foods their vibrant reds, yellows, greens and other rich colors. Americans have a phytonutrient gap in every color category.
View America's Phytonutrient Report at www.nutrilite.com/color.
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