Most Nutrient-Packed Fruits and Vegetables

Researchers at William Patterson University ranked the most nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables in the produce department by the amounts of 17 critical nutrients they contain.

Doctors say vegetables dominate the top of the list and that watercress came out on top.

Watercress is a member of the cabbage family. It's an excellent source of vitamins B6, C, Manganese, and Carotenes. Chinese cabbage ranked second, followed by chard, that beat greens, and spinach. Greens in the cabbage family also provide a good source of fiber, iron, copper, and calcium. The highest ranking fruits on the list were red peppers, pumpkin, tomato, and lemon. This list is a helpful tool when putting together a healthy diet for kids, or adults.

If phytochemicals were included, fruits and berries would have scored much higher. Phytochemicals are naturally occurring substances in fruits that offer disease preventive properties. These rankings were based on nutrients only.

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