Eating plant food we get the vitamins and minerals that our body needs without any of the bad cholesterol and fat that meat has. What also helps give plants all of their benefits for us are phytochemicals.
Phytochemicals are a broad range of chemical compounds in plants which have different beneficial effects on our bodies. Scientist estimate that there are 4,000 different phytochemicals. Some phytochemicals have not been studied much and others have not been identified. Examples of phytochemicals are antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients, lycopene, lutein, resveratrol, anthocyanidins, isoflavones, and beta-carotene. These phytochemicals are what make vegetables, fruits and grains so powerful in preventing cancer and heart disease, increasing lung and bone heath and strengthening our eyes. We need to get these phytochemicals from their original plant source. Supplements will never be as effective as the whole food, since we do not know all of the phytochemicals and their functions. Our creator knew how to put plants together for our use.