Eating a rainbow-colored diet can help keep your body in tip top shape. So you can spend more time looking for the real gold. Here’s how colored fruits and veggies help you stay healthy. This comes from Quick and Simple Magazine.
- Let’s talk about red fruits and vegetables: According to registered dietician Dawn Blatner, red produce is chock full of lycopene, a chemical that helps reduce your risk of cancer. So load up on tomatoes, peppers, apples, and strawberries if you want to fight cancer.
- The next colors in the rainbow are orange and yellow: These fruits and veggies are loaded with beta-carotene, a chemical that helps strengthen the immune system, which makes you better at fending off infections. So fill your plate with oranges, peaches, pineapples, squash, and carrots to stay healthy.
- Let’s talk about green fruits and veggies: Studies show that dark, leafy green vegetables contain a chemical that may stop your eyesight from deteriorating. So eat spinach, asparagus, cabbage, and kale if you want to keep your peepers in shape. And just so you know, dieticians say cooking these veggies for too long zaps the nutrients, so eat them raw if you can.
- And the final colors in the rainbow: Blue and purple. Dark colored fruits contain flavanoids, which help battle the bacteria that causes stomach infections and gum disease. Scientists think these flavanoids also keep your blood vessels healthy, which lowers your risk of heart disease. So load up on blackberries, blueberries, and plums to get your daily dose of flavanoids.
Now go out there and eat your rainbow!