Color Your Fork.. You Can't Go Wrong!
When it comes to Mother Nature, she really makes it easy for us to eat right at meal times. You don't have to know that lycopene (a powerful antioxidant) gives watermelons and tomatoes an attractive red hue; or that anthocyanins give blueberries their deep blue color; or that beta carotene makes carrots and sweet potatoes appealing to the human eye. In fact, when you're shopping at the market or preparing meals at home, just fill your cart or plate with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Any combination of natural blues, purples, reds, oranges, yellows and greens will put you on the right path to healthy eating.
Although researchers haven't found a magical ratio of color combinations to prevent certain diseases or to slow the aging process, scientists do understand that food patterns which include a variety of colors seem to produce better overall health and are associated with lower risks for some diseases. This rainbow of natural photochemicals may have actually played a more major role in the human diet as early man went about gathering foods for daily consumption than in today's world. Years of creative marketing and tons of highly processed food products may have led this generation to crave foods (often referred to as comfort foods) that are "beige" or dull in color.
In recent times, nutritionists have rallied to insist that food manufacturers restore some of the lost nutrients, and most processed foods today do have a label full of claims for the added minerals and vitamins included in their products. However, most dieticians and medical providers doubt that this re-creation is comparable to the complex array of photochemicals contained in fresh produce. After all, there are over 4,000 different flavonoids (which is the largest class of photochemicals) that work together to help build strong bones, protect the heart and lungs, prevent blindness, and cleanse the body of toxins while ensuring the brain is able to function at an optimal level.
The next time you're making a soup, layering a fresh cup of fruit or rolling a wrap for lunch, be creative and think outside the box. If your fork or spoon is filled with a rainbow of natural colors, then Mother Nature has you eating right to keep your body well-nourished and healthy. To learn more about the benefits of eating real food and supplementing your daily nutritional needs, stop by a Metabolic Research Center or call us today.
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