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Colorful Foods Are Good For You

Sep 27, 2018 12:30PM ● By Kirsten Klug
Eating a variety of colorful food provides vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for your body that can't be replicated in a supplement.

Eating by color is a fun and easy way to help you choose a variety of foods and become more aware of what your body needs. Here are some reasons why eating by color is good for you:

1. Red fruits and vegetables provide natural lycopene and anthocyanins are phytochemicals to help protect against certain cancers; lower risk of diabetes; support eye health; and improve the appearance of your skin.  

2. O
range and yellow fruits and veggies include vitamin C which is good for many body systems and especially the immune system; potassium which is good for every heart beat as it squeezes and sends blood throughout your system activating your nerves, muscles and kidneys; folic acid produces and maintains new cells; and bromelaine found in Pineapples is great for reducing swelling.

3. Green vegetables are the healthiest and most filling choices on your plate. Kale, spinich, brusselsprouts, broccoli, bok choy, beans, and peas to name a few... how many more can you name? Green vegetables provide fiber which helps your body absorb good nutrients. In addition, green vegetables provide vitamins A, C, and K and folate; and iron and calcium mineralsDark leafy greens like kale and spinach have chlorophyl in them which keeps your body healthier—a good choice to eat every day in breakfast, lunch, dinner, and/or snacks.

4. Blue and purple foods such as grapes, figs, blueberries, pomegrant, and plums are high in anthocyanins. This helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer, ultimately allow you to live a longer life. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, potassium, and vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. They can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, and are a good anti-inflammatory... but just be warned that a lot of people can't eat too many at once. So eat them every day instead of all at once. Pomegranates are rich in vitamin Cpotassium, and fiber.

5. Brown rice is better for you than white rice. Brown rice is a whole grain that contains the bran and germ providing fiber and several vitamins and minerals. White rice is a grain that has been refined to remove nutritious parts.

Now that you know why colorful foods are good for you, continue the conversation at home, school or your workplace by asking these questions: 
"What colors are on my plate today?"
"What color is missing or do I need to add for my next meal?"
"Am I snacking on white or refined foods and how can I make a shift to eat more green, blue, or yellow foods?"

Article written by Kirsten Klug, a whole health copywriter and educator, like found in Healthy & Fun Choices® magazine, website, and activity work books for youth. Her mission is to make it easier to understand what is healthy so that we can more easily integrate those choices into our lifestyle. To contact her please email [email protected]

 
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