An easy and fun way to remember to eat your fruits and vegetables is by thinking of eating the different colors of the rainbow. When eating fruits and veggies think of the different colors of the rainbow, this will help to introduce a variety of different nutrients and add spice to your diet by trying out new and more exotic fruits and veggies. These colorful foods deliver a healthful dose of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals.
*FYI the darker and more rich the color, usually indicates the more nutrients it contains.
Here are a few examples of what you’ll gain by tasting the rainbow:
Yellow and Orange- sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, oranges, and carrots
- These foods will reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduces risk of prostate cancer, promotes collagen formation and healthy joints.
Red- tomatoes, strawberries, cranberries, and apples
- These foods will help reduce risk of prostate cancer, lowers blood pressure, scavenges harmful free-radicals in your body, reduces LDL cholesterol.
Blue and Purple- blueberries, purple grapes, plums and eggplant
- Eating these may help protect brain cells against Alzheimer’s and other oxidative-related diseases, supports healthy digestion, improves calcium and other mineral absorption, fights inflammation, acts as an anti-carcinogen in the digestive tract, and helps the body fight allergens.
Green- lettuce, spinach, kiwi, and broccoli
- Consuming these green colored foods will help to reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure, normalize digestion time, support retinal health, support vision, reduce the risk of cataracts, and boost immune system activity.
January 23rd, 2009