A Rainbow A Day Keeps the Doc Away

May 6, 2011


For optimal health eat every color fruit and veggie, each one contains different phyto (plant) chemicals that are beneficial.

Purple/Red- Color comes from chemicals called anthocyanins which reduce inflammation, protect against cancer, and support eye, artery, and brain health. Blueberries, red wine (go for sulfite-free/organic), cranberries, pomegranates, red cabbage, purple cauliflower, and beets.

Red- Contains lycopene which has been shown to reduce cancer risk. Tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit.

Yellow- Rich in vitamin C, carotenoids (beta-carotene), and flavanoids (antioxidants). Citrus, peaches, nectarines, papaya, and yellow squash.

Deep orange family- Rich in carotenoids, which improve cellular communication and reduce cancer risk.

Green Family- Contain a range of beneficial phytochemicals, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. These are powerful antioxidants which are especially beneficial for eye health. In addition green produce is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Leafy greens, avocado, green beans, zucchini, okra, and many more.

White (Allium) Family- Contain quercetin and other DNA protecting antioxidants. Onions, garlic, shallot, leek, and chives.



kto's picture

i love all the colorful veggies - delicious and beautiful!