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6 Food Colors of Health

6 Food Colors of Health

Did you know that adding color to your plate may add years to your life?

The natural pigments that make fruits and vegetables so colorful can also help protect your body from common diseases and illnesses as you age. Think color! The bright red of ripe tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, and cranberries; the brilliant orange of carrots; the vibrant green of kiwifruit and kale; and the dramatic purple of Concord grapes.

Scientists in labs across the country have made astounding discoveries about the health benefits of highly pigmented fruits and vegetables, which contain disease-fighting compounds called phytonutrients. These powerhouses act as a rogue police force, fighting off free radicals that cause cancer and a host of other enemies that increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more. Here’s just a sampling of the health benefits of eating colorful fruits and vegetables.

* The red in tomatoes helps reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and other types of cancers.

* The yellow in corn protects against macular degeneration, the number-one cause of blindness in the elderly.

* The orange in carrots and sweet potatoes helps prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol and helps reduce the risk of stroke.

* The green in dark, leafy greens helps prevent cancer.

* The blue in blueberries helps protect memory and motor function as you age, and helps fight cancer and heart disease.

* The purple in Concord grapes and grape juice helps prevent heart disease.

So when you’re filling your shopping cart or your plate, think the more color, the better!

Read more: Health, Diet & Nutrition, Eating for Health, Heart & Vascular Disease

Adapted from 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook, by Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka and Barbara Berry. Copyright (c)2002 by The Philip Lief Group, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook, by Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka and Barbara Berry.

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7:06PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

be sure to eat your fruits and vegies

5:26AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

ty

1:35AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

thanks

5:36PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Noted.

5:06AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Let's introduce healthy colours in our diet

4:45PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

noted

6:24AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

All great info but how much of each is a good amount to make a difference???? Thanks

1:49PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

My Grandmother Eva (bless her heart) always said you should have at least 5 colors in your main meal - she live to be 103!

12:35PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

good to know

10:55AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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