So What Does Color Have to Do With Health Anyway?

Eat Your Colors For Better Health - So What Does Color Have to Do With Health Anyway?Eat Your Colors For Optimal Health!

Vegetables and fruits are essential to our health. Our bodies are worn out from working overtime to metabolize a steady diet of processed food.  Eliminating processed foods from your diet and replacing them with colorful health boosting foods will let your body return to optimal health.

So what does color have to do with our health anyway? There are thousands health promoting phytochemicals in plant foods and each color fruit and vegetable contains its own unique set of nutrients. By consuming plant foods in a variety of colors, you ensure that you are getting the most complete health benefits. Consuming plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables can help prevent or even reverse a multitude of illnesses and conditions such as heart disease and strokes, high blood pressure and many types of cancers. It is therefore vital that you consume a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day.

BLUE & PURPLE RULE

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain anthocyanins, flavonoids that not only give these food their color, but also help limit damage caused  by free radicals and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, macular degeneration, memory problems, heart disease and cancer. Blue and purple plant foods also contain lutein, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, zeaxanthin, ellagic acid, and quercetin. These nutrients support retinal health, boost immune system, improve digestion, improve mineral absorption, reduce inflammation, limit the activity of cancer cells and reduce tumor growth. The darker the hue, the higher the phytochemical concentration.

Blue, violet and indigo foods include:

Black currants
Blackberries
Blueberries
Eggplant
Grapes
Plums
Purple asparagus
Purple cabbage
Purple figs
Purple potatoes
Raisins and prunes

GREEN POWERHOUSE

Green vegetables have long been hailed as the go-to good-for-you food for a reason; they are nutritional powerhouses. Green plant foods contain chlorophyll which encourages alkaline balance and helps ward off cancer by removing potentially carcinogenic compounds from the body. Green plant foods also contain lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, vitamin C, calcium, and indoles. Green fruits and vegetables protect against breast and prostate cancers, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, improve digestion, fight harmful free-radicals, boost immune system activity and support retinal health and vision.

Green foods include:

Artichokes
Asparagus
Avocados
Arugula
Broccoli
Broccoli rabe
Celery
Cucumbers
Endive
Green apples
Green beans
Green cabbage
Green onion
Green pears
Green peppers
Kale
Kiwifruit
Leeks
Lettuce
Limes
Mustard greens
Okra
Peas
Spinach
Snap peas
Zucchini

ORANGE & YELLOW

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables pack a nutritional punch! They are jam-packed with carotenoids and bioflavanoids, antioxidants which  help improve immune system function and lower the risk of heart disease, vision problems and cancer. Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables also contain zeaxanthin, lycopene, vitamin C, potassium and beta-carotene. These nutrient-rich foods promote collagen formation, encourage alkaline balance, fight free radicals, help build healthy bones, reduce the risk of certain cancers, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and reduce age related macular degeneration.

Yellow and orange foods include:

Apricots
Butternut squash
Cantaloupe
Carrots
Grapefruit
Lemon
Mangoes
Nectarines
Oranges
Papayas
Pineapples
Pumpkin
Rutabagas
Sweet corn
Sweet potatoes
Tangerines
Yellow apples
Yellow peppers
Yellow squash

NOURISHING RED

Red fruits and vegetables are chock-full of tasty, nutritious benefits! They are rich in phytochemicals, such as lycopene and anthocyanins, which help your body fight disease and promote overall good health.  Lycopene helps rid the body of damaging free radicals and protects against certain cancers and heart disease. They also delay the aging of cells in the body.

Red foods include:

Beets
Red cabbage
Cherries
Cranberries
Guava
Pink/Red grapefruit
Pomegranates
Radicchio
Radishes
Raspberries
Red apples
Red bell peppers
Red chili peppers
Red grapes
Red onions
Red pears
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Watermelon

SIMPLY WHITE

White fruits and vegetables may be lacking in color but they are bursting with powerful phytochemicals which help your body fight disease and promote good health. These phytochemicals help lower your risk for heart disease and cancer. Some white plant foods like garlic, contain allicin, which has been shown to lower the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and cancer. These foods contain beta-glucans, EGCG, SDG, and lignans which provide powerful immune boosting activity. White plant foods are also good sources of potassium, vitamin C, folate, niacin and riboflavin.

White foods include:

Bananas
Cauliflower
Garlic
Ginger
Jerusalem artichoke
Jicama
Turnips
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5 Responses to So What Does Color Have to Do With Health Anyway?

  1. stevenmcpherson93 says:

    Reblogged this on Steven and Nicole's Progress and commented:
    Love my colors.

  2. I’m looking to start eating healthier, thanks for this great information!:)

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