Did you know that the color of the produce we eat makes a difference to its nutritional content? When we eat lots of colors, we are giving our body what it needs to be healthy. And as we like to tell the kids, “No, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese does NOT count as yellow.”
Below we’ll give you a few insights as to what the different colors can do for our bodies. Just a taste. All natural foods have a unique taste, smell and color. These characteristics are due to the different phytonutrients in the different plants. The phytonutrient is what we need for healthful eating.
So, eat a rainbow a day!
The different colors of plants give us a clue as to their nutritional benefits.
Take a look here at some of the colors and their benefits:
Green plants are colored from chlorophyll which naturally purifies our blood. Chlorophyll helps remove toxins from the kidney and liver. Green plants contain many nutrients, including; Vitamin K and blood clotting agent and also helps our bones to grow strong.
You’ll find these benefits in; broccoli, kale, green beans, spinach, celery and others.
White natural foods also have an interesting mix of nutrients such as sulfur, anthoxanthins, and quercetin. These nutrients are anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, which bolsters our immune systems and helps fight infections.
White plant examples are; daikon, radish, onions, garlic, cauliflower, radish, and others.
Orange natural foods contain large amounts of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene becomes antioxidants and Vitamin A in our systems and helps prevent heart disease, infections, and cancer by also bolstering our immune system. And, as most of us know, beta-carotene helps keep our eyes and skin healthy.
Orange plant examples are; sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, oranges, carrots, squash and more.
Our Yellow plant foods contain high amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has many benefits including preventing allergies, healthy skin and reducing inflammation through its combatting of free radicals. Bioflavonoids are also found in yellow foods and promote healthy tendons, skin, ligaments, and cartilage.
Here are some yellow food examples; yellow peppers, lemons, pineapples, grapefruit, and more.
The Purple food family has the highest levels of antioxidants than any other color. Antioxidants contribute to our overall health in many ways and help to increase our longevity and prevent diseases. HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels are raised, and our brain health is also increased by antioxidants.
Purple food examples are; blueberries, purple cabbage, blackberries, eggplant, and more.
Finally, Red natural foods contain the phytonutrients anthocyanin and lycopene. The two nutrients build healthy cells walls in our circulatory system which improves our organ function, our circulation, and our blood pressure. The sun’s UV rays are made less harmful to our skin by the nutrients in red foods.
Red food examples are; red bell pepper, beets, watermelon, tomatoes, and more.
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Always use organic fruits and vegetables in these recipes – Local source: Harvest2U, a Temecula Organic produce company