I am not a big fan of the mono-type diets, for example, the all you can eat cabbage diet, the watermelon diet or even the ice cream diet. Doctors and health experts all agree you can’t have too much fresh vegetables in your diet. Couple that with some servings of fresh fruit and you are on your way to a healthy start. People who eat the recommended serving of fresh fruit and vegetables have a reduced risk of cardiac disease as well as reduced risk of chronic diseases such as stroke, diabetes, many different cancers and high blood pressure. Think of it as adding a rainbow to your diet. Each different color food grouping bring a different assortment of vitamins and minerals into your diet, plus adding many different colors to your meal makes it more visually stimulating and tasty. Let’s break it down:
Fruits and vegetables that are red colored have either “lycopene” or “anthocyanins”. Lycopene is said to reduce the chances of some types of cancer including prostate cancer. It is found in tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit. Anthocyanins contain powerful antioxidants that protect your heart and cells from damage. It is found in strawberries, raspberries, and red grapes.
YELLOW / ORANGE:
These fruits and vegetables are colored with pigments called “carotenoids”. Carotenoid-rich foods like sweet potatoes, pumpkins and carrots can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease as well as improve overall immune function. The Beta-carotene in these foods convert to vitamin-A which helps maintain healthy eyes as we age.
Citrus based yellow and orange fruits are an excellent source of vitamin-C and folate (a B-vitamin) that helps reduce risk of birth defects.
Green fruits and vegetables like green peppers, peas, cucumber, and celery are pigmented with “chlorophyll” and many contain “lutein”. Lutein when combined with other chemicals likes those found in corn and red peppers help keep eyes healthy. Leafy green vegetables are well known as an excellent source of folate (a B-vitamin) that helps reduce risk of birth defects. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may help protect against some types of cancer.
BLUE / PURPLE:
Like the red varieties these fruits and vegetables are pigmented with called “anthocyanins”. Fruits like blueberries, grapes and raisins all have the powerful antioxidants that are known to protect our cells from damage and risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. Blueberries in particular are known as brain food, linked with memory function and healthy aging.
Pigments called “anthoxanthins” are what color bananas and potatoes. They may contain allicin which claims to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stomach cancer.
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