Experts agree that adults should eat at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables-and for optimal health benefits, they need seven to nine daily servings. However, the U.S. National Cancer Institute and National Research Council have found that only nine percent of adults achieve the five-serving daily minimum. Even when we manage to eat enough fruits and vegetables, modern methods of harvesting, processing, and cooking often diminish their nutritional value.
Fruits and vegetables contain irreplaceable combinations of powerful phytonutrients that are essential to good health. It's impossible to pack all the nutrition of fresh fruits and vegetables into a capsule, and no supplement can completely replace fruits and vegetables in the diet. However, new scientific advances allow us to better encapsulate many of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables to help bridge the gap in the modern diet.