Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits and vegetables containing soluble fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease and lower blood cholesterol levels. Those same low fast, fiber-rich diets that are strong in fruits and vegetables (foods that may contain dietary fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a unit value assigned by researchers to measure the antioxidant value of a given food. Foods with a high ORAC value are beneficial to the body by increasing plasma antioxidant levels. Since these values are difficult to substantially influence within the body, an increase in plasma antioxidants is significant. Fruits and vegetables have a unique combination of antioxidants that have proven better than supplementation with individual antioxidant vitamins.