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Eat Your Colors by Eating the Rainbow

Mar 31, 2020 by Eileen Adler
Food brings nutritional benefits and pleasure. I like to think about my diet as a colorful artist’s palette, eating all the colors every day. By eating your colors, you are probably getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs. This is a colorful overview . . . enjoy.

White foods – immune and support - although we may not think of this as a color, and my dieters beg off “white” food, the right white food offers a wide range of healthful nutrients including garlic, onions, and cauliflower to name a few. 

Green foods – detoxification - along with many nutrients, green foods have high amounts of Vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and building strong bones. How yummy are green foods – here are a few suggestions to tempt you: kale, broccoli, spinach, green beans, avocados, asparagus, and celery. 

Yellow foods – beauty - provides Vitamin C and helps reduce inflammation. Yellow foods contain citrus bioflavonoids which are good for our skin among other things. Try these: lemons, pineapples, yellow peppers, and grapefruit.

Orange foods – cancer prevention - orange foods are high in beta-carotene which becomes Vitamin A, which helps our eyes and skin and they support a healthy immune system. Crunch down on carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, squash, and of course, oranges.

Red foods – heart health - improve blood pressure and circulation. They also provide sun protection from harmful UV damage and choices here include tomatoes, watermelon, beets, and red bell peppers.

Purple foods – longevity - these foods contain the most antioxidants of all the colors, and they provide a raise in the good cholesterol and help maintain a healthy brain. A bowl of blueberries and blackberries are delicious. Add eggplant and purple cabbage to your diet. 

Eat the rainbow.