When people first start out on their journey to food consciousness, one of the simpliest pieces of advice I offer is: “eat a rainbow”.
This means, look at your plate duirng your main meals and notice how colorful it is. Do you see dark green, some bright yellow, orange or red, purples and blues?
Here’s an example of how the color of fruits and vegetables provides health.
- Orange/Yellow (carrots, peaches, mangos, pumpkin, squash): contains alpha and beta-carotene, cancer-preventing agents, they also contain vitamin A which is great for skin!
- Red veggies (tomatoes): have lycopene which is anti-cancer, found to prevent prostate cancer growth
- Red berries (strawberries, rasberries): contain anthocyanins which protect against heart disease
- Green (spinach, chard, kale, watercress, collard greens): packed with nutrients such as chlorophyll and vitamin A, B, C, K and minerals iron and calcium, these veggies are anti-cancer and spinach is protective against blindness as we grow older
- Purple/Blue: (blueberries): contain anthocyanins, blueberries in partiuclar may lower the risk of type II Diabetes.
What about white fruits and veggies? They contain anthoxanthins (pro: antho-zan-thins), veggies like onions and garlic help reduce cholesterol. Food really is medicine, and you and your body deserve the rainbow!
What are your favorite color fruits or vegetables? Share in the comments below!