Published on April 2nd, 2009 | by Rachel Venokur-Clark1
Eat Colorfully-6 Colors to Eat for Vibrant Health
Most of us know that we are supposed to eat our greens in order to stay healthy. However, eating fruits and vegetables in every color of the rainbow is the real key to making sure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs. By eating a colorful palette of produce every day, you’ll be giving your body phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are a plant-based substance that is shown to help prevent disease, cancer and the effects of aging. The brighter and more intense the color, the stronger the phytonutrients are. Each color group provides us with different important nutrients. How many colors did you eat today?
Why buy Green: Contains Zinc, Vitamin A.C.E. Iron, Chlorophyll; Helps to purify the blood; Spirit lifting
Examples: Kale ; Bok Choy; Broccoli; Spinach; Kiwi
Why buy Red: Reduce free radical damage; Supports heart and memory
Examples: Red Pepper; Tomato; Beets; Red Apples; Raspberries
Why buy Orange: Supports the eyes, Enhances night vision, Contains Beta carotene, Vitamin C
Examples: Carrots; Yam; Pumpkin; Oranges; Cantaloupe
Why buy Yellow: Promotes healthy circulation; Boosts immune health
Examples: Yellow Squash; Corn; Grapefruit; Pineapple; Lemons
Why buy White: Reduces blood pressure; Can help to reduce LDL cholesterol
Examples: Garlic; Onion; Jicama; Mushrooms; Pears
6) BLUE/ PURPLE
Why buy Blue/Purple: High in antioxidants; Slows the early signs of aging; Supports heart health
Examples: Eggplant, Blueberries; Raisins; Plums
Photo Cred: mckaysavage at Flickr for Creative Commons
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