Power Up Produce

For 10 of the 14 phytonutrients included in the analysis, a single food type accounted for approximately two-thirds or more of an individual's intake of the specific phytonutrient, regardless of whether that person was a high or low fruit and vegetable consumer. Based on the current study, the top food sources consumed by Americans for some selected phytonutrients were as follows:

  • Beta-carotene - carrots
  • Beta-cryptoxanthin - oranges/orange juice
  • Lutein/zeaxanthin - spinach
  • Ellagic acid - strawberries
  • Isothiocyanates - mustard
  • Beta-cryptoxanthin - papaya
A serving of fresh papaya has roughly 15 times the beta-cryptoxanthin of an orange.