...Though I do like skittles. On occasion.
Let's get through this dreary, cold month with some COLOR.
Do you ever think about what colors are on your plate when you eat? Probably not. A common problem seen in the typical American diet is that our plates are mostly... beige (pasta, bread, cookies, etc).
Don't get me wrong, I love beige when it comes to my clothes (and black, and white, and gray).
BUT your PLATE should have more color, gf. Beige processed foods typically lack many of the essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals that are so plentiful in plant foods.
By eating a variety of colors, we can ensure we’re feeding our bodies all of the nutrients it needs. Again, not skittles. Not a cupcake with pink frosting. Fruits and veggies.
What does this variety do for you exactly? Eating a wide range of plant foods is extremely beneficial because different colored foods play different roles in the body.
The color of fruits and veggies is actually representative of the nutrients that they contain, and different nutrients are needed for different bodily functions. So, the greater variety of fruits and vegetables you consume, the better off your health will be.
Let's provide a visual, shall we? The foods, their makeup, and their benefits extend far beyond the list below. These are just some examples of how color variety can be beneficial to your health.
- Cantaloupe, lemon, grapefruit, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, peaches, apricots, mango
- Contain: Beta-carotene, Flavonoids, Lycopene, Potassium, Vitamin C, Zeaxanthin
- Benefits: Vision/optimal eye health, Lower cholesterol and blood pressure, Fight free radicals, Build healthy bones and joints, Support immune function
- Cherries, cranberries, tomatoes, beets, raspberries, red bell peppers, radishes, watermelon
- Contain: Ellagic acid, Quercetin, Hesperidin, Lycopene, Vitamin C, Folate
- Benefits: Increase heart and circulatory health, Support urinary tract health, Support prostate and breast tissue health, Fight free radicals, Fight tumor growth, Improve memory
- Green apples, grapes, and pears, kiwi, spinach, broccoli, green beans, celery, and green peppers
- Contain: Chlorophyll, Lutein, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Fiber, Calcium, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium Beta-carotene, Zeaxanthin, Vitamin E
- Benefits: Assist liver in removing carcinogenic compounds, Anticancer properties, Blood clot formation, Protect against macular degeneration, Support digestion, Immune health, Rejuvenate bone/ teeth strength
- Blackberries, blueberries, plums, eggplant, purple grapes, purple figs, and purple cabbage
- Contain: Anthocyanins, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Resveratrol, Vit C, Flavonoids, Fiber, Ellagic Acid, Quercetin
- Benefits: Increased circulation and microcirculation, Anti-aging properties, Bone health, Improve memory, Immune health, Decreased risk of cancer, High antioxidant activity
- Garlic, onions, ginger, white peaches, cauliflower, mushrooms, turnips, white potatoes
- Contain: Beta glucans, EGCG, SDG, Lignans, Flavonoids
- Benefits: Balance hormones, Enhanced immune system and lymph system health, Activate natural killer B and T cells, Aid in cellular recovery, Reduce risk of colon, prostate and breast cancer, Lower blood pressure and cholesterol