Hi Dr. Pivonka.First and foremost your site is awesome. Very helpful, easy to navigate, and full of information. Great Job!As for my questions. Im something of a nut when it comes to consuming fruit and veggies. Eating, drinking, whatever. I eat as much as i possibly can, however lately since its been so hot, I have been juicing them a great deal. Its not uncommon for me to juice 15-20 lbs of carrots a week, on top of 20-30 orangles, 15 apples, random pears, peaches, melons, and whatever else I can pick up at the farmers market. I drink about 6 ounces of fresh wheat grass a day combined with tons of exercise. I am however unsure of about antioxidant level of my body, ( should I? ) I have noticed the hype of pomegrantes, lychees, gac fruits as well as acai and their anti-aging efects. Is it worth comsuming these or is it suffeccient enough with what im doing? What are the best fruit and veggies for you? I know they are all good for you, but which ones take priority over the rest? Thanks for your time, i look forward to hearing from you!
It sounds like you are certainly getting your fruits and veggies! It’s great that you enjoy so many different kinds. It is unlikely that you will reach toxic intake of vitamins and nutrients through consumption of whole foods. You need to be careful though that your abundant intake of fruits and veggies is allowing you to eat the other foods that are important for health, such as protein foods and whole grains. Additionally, by consuming fruits and vegetables primarily as juice, you are missing out on the fiber provided by the whole food, which is one of the benefits of fruits and veggies in the diet.
There is no subset of fruits and vegetables that are more important then others. The key is to eat a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, which all contain different phytochemicals and nutrients with different health benefits.
As far as the anti-aging effects of the pomegranate, lychees, gac fruits and acai, research is very preliminary, and has been done primarily in animals. Some research in humans suggests that dietary patterns that include fruits and vegetables may have an effect on some markers of aging, but it is too early to know if it is specifically fruits and vegetable intake, a component of fruits and vegetables or some effect of food components working together.