Fill Your Basket with Nature's Palette
We have all heard the sage advice, "eat your colors." Turns out, this is more than an old wives’ tale; it really is advice we should take to heart. Americans have a fondness for prepackaged, bland looking food, but the more vibrant the color of a whole, natural food, the better it is for us. These foods get their color from the valuable nutrients they hold.
Fruits and vegetables that are red throughout, not just on the skin, such as cherries, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, and beets are more than just delicious. These nutritional powerhouses contain anthocyanins and lycopene that protect against heart disease and breast and prostate cancer while reducing the risk of stroke and macular degeneration which can lead to blindness.
In addition to enjoying the tangy taste of a classic orange, consumers can choose from a wide array or orange fruits and vegetables. Pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and carrots can provide Vitamin C and carotene which converts to Vitamin A to promote healthy bones, eyes, and immune systems.
Green and Yellow Foods
Green and yellow hued whole foods include leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and lettuces, as well as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Bok Choy, and cabbage. Yellows include wax beans and corn. These color combinations provide powerful protection against disease as they help eliminate toxins from the body and provide lutein which protects against eye disease.
Blue, Purple, and Deep Red Foods
Choose these colors to increase consumption of anthocyanins, proanthocyanins and antioxidants that are heart healthy and promote optimal brain function. Blueberries, plums, grapes, eggplant, and cranberries are all great choices.
The next time you head to the grocery, fill your basket with nature's palette to ensure that you get the best Mother Nature has to offer.
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