We may not even realize it, but some of us tend to only eat one color of fruits and vegetables (I know I’m guilty for it). The reasons could be for either taste or looks, but either way, the same food gets thrown onto our dinner plates day in and day out. And why not? Eat what you love!
But something does need to be said about eating different colors of fruits and vegetables. We all know green veggies are amazing for our bodies, but don’t discount the rest of the rainbow! Check out this guide to all the different food color benefits and what they could be doing to your body!
Green veggies pack in more nutrients per calorie than any other food! They contain almost your entire daily dose of vitamins A, C, E and K, and many B vitamins as well as calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Being rich in fiber and low in carbs and fat, they are great for when you want to lose some weight.
Green vegetables also contain lutein, a powerful antioxidant that maintains good vision. Indoles found in cruciferous vegetables have been proven to protect against breast cancer and prostate cancer. Some green, leafy vegetables you should be eating include spinach, collard greens, Romaine lettuce, broccoli, and Kale. An example of cruciferous vegetables would be broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.
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Yellow or Orange Foods
Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and carrots are all good orange vegetables. They all contain beta carotene, an antioxidant that reduces risk of cancer and heart disease. Orange veggies also maintain good eyesight and fight off colds and flu.
Fruits like grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines contain bioflavonoids that, when paired with their high Vitamin C content, keep us healthy and strengthen bones. They can also reduce risk of cancer and keep skin healthy and beautiful.
Red fruits and veggies have lycopene, one of the most powerful antioxidants in the nature. It can reduce the risk of heart disease and chronic conditions.
They also contain anthocyanins, which control high blood pressure and protect against diabetes. To gain the benefits of red foods, eat more tomatoes (tomato sauce works too!), red apples, kidney beans, and strawberries.
Blue or Purple Berries
The best disease-fighting color might just be blue! With anthocyanins and phenolics found in blueberries, plums, and raisins, these little berries can help promote good health and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Blueberries and blackberries are especially good at slowing down the aging process. Research shows that both improve cell communication in the nervous system, reversing the trend of memory loss and wrinkles.
While white is technically a shade and not a color, we can’t leave out the powers of white foods! Allicin is only found in these colorless foods, like onions, garlic, and leeks, and can protect against heart disease and cancer.
The phytochemical is extremely antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, making it amazing at ridding toxins and bacteria from the body.
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