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04/09/2014 12:49 pm ET Updated Jun 09, 2014

Fruits and Vegetables: This Is What Your Grandma Never Taught You

Fruits and vegetables' vibrant colors tell the story of their "super powers." You see, it's their "phytonutrients," or plant nutrients, that help us fight disease and stay stronger for longer.

Learn what the phytonutrients do -- and how much of each you need to be healthy -- in the infographic below.

Then download this free Phytonutrient Cheat Sheet. Print it out. Stick it on your fridge. It'll help you track how many servings of each color you're getting every day.

Fruit and Vegetable Infographic Fruits and vegetables: This is what your grandma never taught you. [Infographic]

John Berardi, Ph.D. is a founder of Precision Nutrition, the world's largest online nutrition coaching company. He also sits on the health and performance advisory boards of Nike, Titleist and Equinox.

Dr. Berardi was recently selected as one of the 20 smartest coaches in the world by livestrong.com, the internet's most popular fitness site.

In the last five years, Dr. Berardi and his team have personally helped over 20,000 people improve their eating, lose weight, and boost their health through their renowned Precision Nutrition Coaching program.


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