Enjoying Foods in Living Color


Farmers Market Box of Colorful Food

Vegetables and fruits do not grow in a variety of colors by chance. Each color indicates the presence of one or more important nutrients the body needs to grow and develop properly, fight off diseases and remain healthy and energetic. It is a sad fact that while meals in general are becoming less colorful the population at large is experiencing serious health problems such as diabetes and obesity.

If you want to stay in good health, take a stroll through the local farmer's market or the vegetable aisle at your local grocery store and take advantage of all that nature has to offer.

Greens

Green vegetables such as cabbage and kale help clear toxins from your body and can be effective in preventing certain types of cancer.

Leafy Greens and Yellows

Leafy greens and yellows include corn, arugula, butternut squash, lettuce (all types) and spinach. These vegetables are rich in lutein, a nutrient that can prevent vision problems.

Orange

Orange fruits and vegetables include yams, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes and papaya. These foods are a good source of vitamin A, helping to build healthy bones and boosting your immune system.

Red

Some red fruits and vegetables you can find for sale fairly easily include tomatoes, watermelon and red peppers. Red fruits and vegetables typically contain lycopene, a nutrient that can prevent both prostate and breast cancer.

Blue, Purple and Deep Red

Foods that fall under this category are eggplant, plums, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Blue, purple and deep red fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and other nutrients that are good for your heart and improve brain function.

There are many foods that fall under each category as well as many ways to prepare these different foods. Choose a few from each section and try different recipes to see which ones you like best. You will feel the difference as your health and waistline both change for the better.

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