Wellness: Flavonoids in Foods and Health

As a leadership coach with a diverse background in biotech, dietetics, and data analytics, I find myself exploring public food and nutrition data assets in my spare time.  Building data visualizations with nutrient data helps me find insights that inform my food choices every day.  One of my food goals in the past several years was to find ways to be more targeted in my food choices and integrate flavonoid-rich foods into my busy lifestyle.

In addition to my own interest in optimizing my health through food and diet, I work with clients on goals related not only to professional skills but also personal health goals, as a holistic approach to wellbeing.

Why flavonoids?  I learned about flavonoids during my work at Penn State University working in a research test kitchen, studying the effect of specific foods on cardiovascular risk factors.  My interest was peaked when I learned about the potential health benefits of flavonoids and the research in this space.

Flavonoids are compounds found in many fruits and vegetables that are found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, protecting the body from oxidative stress.  Fruits and vegetables that have highly vivid colors often contain the highest levels of these compounds. 

Research on flavonoids has shown potential health benefits, including cardiovascular disease, some cancer types, neurodegenerative diseases, obesity, and energy expenditure [1].

One of my dashboard creations on the flavonoid content of foods is published on Tableau Public to share with my network and clients.  The data used for this dashboard comes from the USDA database for the flavonoid content of selected foods from 2015. 

If you are also interested in exploring what foods can increase your overall consumption of flavonoids, please take a look at the link to my dashboard.  I would love to hear from you if this has been a helpful resource.

Tableau Public – Flavonoids in Foods: https://lnkd.in/ghrQqmf5

1 Reference: [Li M, Qian M, Jiang Q, Tan B, Yin Y, Han X. Evidence of Flavonoids on Disease Prevention. Antioxidants. 2023; 12(2):527. https://lnkd.in/gVQU5fii]

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