Colors: The Key to Eating the Right Produce

Colors: The Key to Eating the Right Produce

divini rae produceIf you really want to get the nutrients and vitamins your body needs, it’s not just about getting MORE fruits and veggies in your diet; it’s about getting the RIGHT ones. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to do that.

Just look at the colors!

Each color of fruit and veggie represents a different set of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. For this reason, it’s important to try to get consume a little of each color every day. Here’s how the colors break down:

  • Red – Red produce contains lycopene, which has been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth. It also stimulates the immune system, blocks free radicals from entering your system and fights off inflammation and diabetes! Examples: cherry, cranberry, strawberry, tomato, watermelon, red cabbage.
  • White – White fruits and veggies are some of the most nutritious. The phytochemicals and vitamins they contain can help lower blood pressure, keep your cholesterol down and even reduce the risk of certain cancers. Examples: cauliflower, garlic, pear, honeydew melon, onion.
  • Blue – Blue produce contains anthocyanins that protect against cancer, maintain heart health and help with memory and cognitive function. Examples: grape, plum, blueberry, eggplant, purple sweet potato, blackcurrant.
  • Orange – Orange fruits and veggies contain beta carotene, which soaks up free radicals, wards off cancers and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Examples: acorn, butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, mango.
  • Green – Green produce contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which reduce the risk of cataracts, ward off free radicals and improve the immune system. Examples: cucumbers, green beans, peas, green peppers, kiwi, spinach.

Each day, you should aim to consume a variety of types and colors of produce. Just think of it this way: eat the rainbow! Your body – and health – will thank you for it.

 


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