There is a reason nutrition educators tell kids to eat the colors of the rainbow each day. Colorful fruits and vegetables are nature’s way of letting us know those foods are good for us. The deeper or brighter the color, the more nutrients and antioxidants. But it isn’t just for kids! As adults, we need to include these powerful anti-aging, disease fighting foods too!
The red foods (tomatoes, watermelon, guava, red grapefruit, red peppers) get their bright red pigment from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown in studies to prevent prostate, lung, and stomach cancers.
The orange foods (sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, cantaloupe, and tropical fruits) are high in vitamin A. Vitamin A is also known as retinol because it produces the pigment in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A is good for vision, healthy skin and mucous membranes. Not to mention it’s ability to boost the immune system.
Green foods (kale, spinach, fresh green beans, broccoli) are that bright green color because of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has been shown to help with everything from freshening the breath, to cleansing and purifying the blood, treating anemia, and repairing cells.
The blue/purple foods (blueberries, blackberries, plums, purple grapes, and purple cabbage) are high in the antioxidant anthocyanin, and have been shown to boost brain health, improve circulation, and act as anti-aging agents.
Make sure your grocery list is colorful each week!