Our World's Healthiest Foods Meal Plan is exceptional in nutrient-richness. And sometimes it pays to look a little more closely "under the hood" to see how remarkable this nutrient-richness truly is. The wealth and diversity of carotenoids in our World's Healthiest Foods Meal Plan is a great example.
As you can see from the Nutrient Percentages that we have summarized for our World's Healthiest Foods Meal Plan, you will be averaging 171% of our WHFoods recommended intake level for vitamin A when you follow our meal plan. As plentiful as this nutrient percentage certainly is, it is not possible to tell from this percentage alone just how extraordinary carotenoids are in contributing to this vitamin A total. When all seven days in our World's Healthiest Foods Meal Plan are added together, they provide you with well over 100,000 micrograms of total carotenoids! In addition, among the carotenoids that can be converted into retinol (the primary active vitamin form of vitamin A), our World's Healthiest Foods Meal Plan provides 10,770 micrograms of retinol activity equivalents (RAE).
But that's not all. A diverse range of carotenoids are provided on a daily basis throughout our World's Healthiest Foods Meal Plan. Included here are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, lycopene, astaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, and other key members of the carotenoid family. Just consider the carotenoid nutrient-richness reflected in the following list of carotenoids provided on different days in our meal plan:
We cannot emphasize too strongly the well-documented health benefits associated with carotenoids. The vast majority of nutrients in this group have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as research demonstrating their ability to lower your risk of chronic disease. At the top of these risk-lowering benefits are the special properties of carotenoids for lowering risk of cardiovascular disease. There are also certain circumstances when particular carotenoids are needed to help us lower our disease risk. For example, the only carotenoids found inside the retina of the human eye are the xanthophylls lutein and zeaxanthin. So it is not surprising that strong long-term intake of lutein and zeaxanthin is associated in research studies with reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration (a condition in which deterioration occurs in the small central portion of the retina).
One of the best parts about The World's Healthiest Foods Meal Plan and its carotenoid richness is not having to worry about any complicated numbers or science names. When a meal plan provides you with an average of 8 cups of the World's Healthiest Foods Vegetables each day - including more than 2 cups of cruciferous vegetables, 3/4 cup of red/purple vegetables, and a diverse list of other carotenoid-rich foods, all of your "homework" is done for you! That's one of many unique advantages you have when you start out with the World's Healthiest Foods as the basis for your meal plan, and then you combining them together in 23 recipes that as uniquely nutrient-rich as they are in eating enjoyment.