Botanical Diversity Unlocks the Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

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Journal of Nutrition
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Colin Mahoney guides Crete Coatings in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and offers a full range of concrete flooring solutions. He and his Chapel Hill team take pride in providing end results that are attractive, durable, and cost-effective. In his free time, Colin Mahoney enjoys running and was a vegetarian for several years. To this day, he enjoys meals that are plentiful in vegetables and fruits.

A key to maintaining an optimally balanced diet is to aim for complexity rather than focusing on one specific type of fruit or vegetable. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that a diet that is botanically diverse offered a wider range of phytochemicals and led to significantly higher antioxidant activity.

At the same time, preparation matters, with a small amount of cooking ideal for most vegetables. While raw foods retain higher amounts of certain nutrients, such as Vitamin C, this does not hold true across the board. Gentle cooking, such as steaming for a couple minutes, has been shown to be a release mechanism for many types of plant-based vitamins and oxidants. An elevated presence of antioxidant activity is found in cooked cabbage, green pepper, carrots, and asparagus.

Concrete Decor Show – The Largest Gathering for Concrete Professionals

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Concrete Decor Show
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Founder of Crete Coatings in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Colin Mahoney leads the company in providing a variety of effective, environmentally friendly flooring systems. Colin Mahoney is also a frequent attendee of the Concrete Decor Show, which offers construction professionals and architects in the flooring and concrete industry an annual opportunity to develop their skills and business.

The Concrete Decor Show promotes quality and professionalism, and serves the concrete community by offering an assortment of industry services and resources. The largest gathering of its kind, the show provides attendees with a chance to network with industry experts and product manufacturers. A wide range of exhibitors also attend the show and highlight new tools and processes designed to increase sales and business results. Conference activities include workshops, seminars, and demonstrations structured to address all aspects and challenges associated with the concrete industry.

Organizers of the 2016 Concrete Decor Show plan to hold the event at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California, on September 25 through September 29.