Colorful foods as preventative care part 1

Add some color to your diet to prevent illnesses and disease.  

Fruits and vegetables taste great and look great too.  It turns out that those pretty colors our fruits and vegetable wear are not just for show; they have loads of nutrition and immune boosting properties that nourish your body too.  The more colors you add to your diet, the more nourishment your body gets.

 

Red

This color comes out in fruits and vegetable from the natural plant pigments lycopene and anthocyanins. Lycopene has been linked with a reduced risk of several types of cancer, including prostate cancer.

Lycopene is found in foods such as tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit.  Bonus tip: Lycopene is most easily absorbed from tomatoes when they are cooked such as in tomatoe sauce.   

Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect your body's cells from damage, keep you looking young and your heart pumping strong. Anthocyanins can be found in strawberries, raspberries, red grapes and other fruits and vegetables 

Other red foods to add to your diet:  red apples, beets, red cabbage, cherries, cranberries, red peppers, pomegranates, radishes, and rhubarb. 

 

Orange& Yellow

Carotenoids is a plant pigment that naturally colors fruits and vegetable that are orange and yellow. Beta-carotene, which gets converted to vitamin A in your body, helps to keep your eyes seeing clearly, your immune system functioning at its highest and it may even reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.  

Studies are now finding that carotenoids may be good for lowing your risk of heart attacks and make you even less likely to go blind from age (or macular degeneration). 

The list for benefits of catenoid-rich vegetable goes on and on but the best part is usually that they are so sweet to cook with.Carotenoids can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes (but don't peel the skin if you can help it),  and pumpkins, all of which are foods that can also help to reduce your cravings for sugar.

Some orange/yellow colored foods do not contain carotenoids.  Citrus fruits contain high amounts of vitamin C, and folate. Tumeric contains curcumins. They have been found in lab studies to suppress cancer cells.

Yellow and orange food examples: yellow apples, apricots, butternut squash, cantaloupe, clementines, grapefruits, lemons, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, papayas, pears, yellow peppers, pineapple, yellow squashes, sweet corn, and tangerines.

To be continued in the next post….

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