January 22, 1999
Here is a list of some types of phytochemicals, their functions and what foods and spices in which they are found: Carotenoids : Contain antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and heart disease. These antioxidants also are pigments in plants, giving foods such as tomatoes, watermelon and sweet potatoes their bright colors. Found in tomato products, grapefruit, guava and in orange, yellow and green vegetables. Flavonoids : Can help prevent osteoporosis by maintaining bone strength, can enhance estrogen metabolism, which may protect the body from breast cancer, and can reduce menopausal symptoms.