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Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM
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ROYGBIV

We are going to use the rainbow's help to show the benefits of nature's foods. Since the same chemical gives the food its color, typically the foods of that color have many of the same healthful components.

You will notice that some of the benefits and some of the colors overlap, so don't be too stringent on getting one of each color. Just eat a great variety. Also, fruits and vegetables do not have just one vitamin, as we commonly believe. They are a mix of several vitamins and minerals. 

Red Fruits and Vegetables

The phytochemicals in red foods are carotenoids and anthocyanins. One of the most abundant carotenoid is lycopene. Lycopene helps reduce damage from free radicals in your body and it also prevents heart disease, cancer, prostrate problems, and reduces the skin damage from the sun. These red foods help memory function, urinary tract health, and makes your heart healthy.

Learn more about the health benefits of tomatoes and the benefits of strawberries, and even the benefits of vinegar, a byproduct of red fruits.

Red Foods

Orange Fruits and Vegetables

Carotenoids are the powerful phytochemical in orange foods, and they are what give the foods their color. Carotenoids repair DNA and help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as strengthening our vision. These orange foods also give us the right amount of vitamin A, which keeps our eyes and skin healthy, and protects against infections. They are also known to boost the immune system. Some of these also cross over with the health benefitsof the yellow foods below.

Learn more about the health benefits of carrots.

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Yellow Fruits and Vegetables

Yellow foods are high in antioxidants like vitamin C. Vitamin C keeps our teeth and gums healthy, helps to heal cuts, improves the mucus membranes (like when we have colds), helps to absorb iron, prevents inflammation, improves circulation, and therefore prevents heart disease. Some of the darker ones also cross over with the health benefits of orange foods.

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Green Fruits and Vegetables

These foods have the phytochemicals sulforaphane and indoles, which both prevent cancer. They are also good for the circulatory system and have good vitamin B and minerals. Green vegetables also help with vision, and with maintaining strong bones and teeth. Some of the yellower green vegetables have carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin that help to prevent cataracts and eye disease, as well as osteoporosis.

You can also learn about the health benefits of seaweed, and the ever popular health benefits of broccoli.

Green Foods

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Greenish/White Foods

The strong phytochemical in these whitish/greenish vegetables is called allicin, and it is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral chemical. Some white foods prevent cancer and heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels. Celery is often dubbed as a useless vegetable because it has no calories, but it does have minerals like good sodium that help keep the joints healthy. Also, the selenium in mushrooms is healthy as well. This green list of fruits and vegetables helps maintain low cholesterol levels in your body as well as a healthy heart.

Read about the garlic health benefits here.

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Blue/Indigo/Violet Foods

The blue, indigo, and violet foods are great for their anti-aging properties. These foods have tons of antioxidants, which are called anthocyanins and phenolics. They help improve circulation and prevent blood clots, so they are great for the heart and can help prevent heart disease. They are also known to help memory function and urinary tract health and to reduce free radical damage.

An especially healthful fruit in the blue group is the blueberry; learn about the health benefits of blueberries.

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Here's a great chart that outlines the phytochemicals in each of the food color categories.
Sources of Phytochemicals
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by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM
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melliburger
by Melli on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Interesting... 

Trtlegrrl
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:11 AM
Marking my spot to print that out later!
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shell3m
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:18 AM

same here!  :)

Quoting Trtlegrrl:

Marking my spot to print that out later!



ZsMommy
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Now I'm hungry.

Elissa-Would it be okay if I posted this over in ove of the cooking groups I'm in?

Let me know.Thanks :)

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