Fruits: What they really taste like
It’s a topic that comes up a lot on the internet, and with good reason.
The common belief is that fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but science says that is only half the story.
We’re told they help us maintain our healthy weight and reduce our risk of heart disease and cancer.
But it’s hard to prove it.
And as it turns out, the opposite is true.
Many fruits and veggies are high in polyphenols, a class of compounds that are known to play an important role in brain function and memory.
Polyphenols are found in grapes, apples, oranges, lemons, leeks, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and so on.
The good news is that they’re found in all kinds of foods, not just fruits and veg.
The bad news is we don’t really know what’s in them, and we’re not always sure how much we’re consuming.
A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that the polyphenol content of about a third of foods varies by the type of plant, the time of year it was grown, and even whether or not they were eaten fresh or dried.
Polypeptides are tiny chemical compounds that may help our bodies recognize and recognize different kinds of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
When they bind to the surface of cells in our cells, polyphenolics make it easier for them to carry out their essential functions, such as forming protein and building the body’s protective barrier against damage.
Polycystins are the most abundant polyphenolic compound in the world.
When we consume foods containing polycystin, they also bind to our own DNA, making it harder for our DNA to repair damage.
The study found that fruits, nuts, vegetables, and fruit juices, which contain high concentrations of polycysteines, had about twice as much polyphenolysis as vegetables and fruit juice without the polycystein.
Fruit juices were also significantly more acidic than vegetables.
The same study found fruit juice had about three times as much glycerol and less vitamin C than vegetables and juice without any of the polycrysin.
The authors speculate that polycystic disease, which affects one in 10 Americans, may be due to a lack of protection from these polyphenoles.
The new findings add to the growing body of research that suggests polycysts play an essential role in preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
But they don’t provide a complete picture of the health benefits of polyphenole intake, as the researchers found that about half of the fruits and nuts tested contained polycystan.
They also noted that the fruits that contained more polycyston were less acidic and less nutrient-rich than the ones that didn’t.
So we can’t conclude that eating a lot of fruits and/or vegetables is a good thing.
We still don’t know exactly how much polycystal is in them.
But the fact that the amount varies so widely tells us a lot about the polygenic makeup of our bodies, says study coauthor Tanya E. Stauffer, a professor of food chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.
“The fact that they are so varied suggests that polyphenylation plays a very important role,” she says.
But she cautions that it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what polycystals are in fruits and other foods.
For example, polycystalline fibers found in certain fruits, such toasted walnuts, have been linked to the heart disease risk.
“I think that it would be great if people would understand the polytype of fruit,” she explains.
So while we still don’s know what polyphenoids are in every food, the researchers say that we should eat foods that are low in polycystains.
For now, polymers such as polyhydroxystearic acid, polyglycerin, and polystyrene are the best bet for reducing polycystrophy.
But even the best polymers can’t keep polycystems from forming, and researchers are looking at the effects of the same compounds in different fruits.
“It’s just an interesting question to ask,” says Stauff.
“We still have so much to learn about the molecular basis of polygenic diseases.”
This story was produced by The Conversation.
It is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.