Yesterday I talked about the importance of ‘eating the rainbow‘, or in other words a with variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
Red fruits and vegetables contain lycopene, ellagic acid, Quercetin, and Hesperidin, to name a few. They help lower cholesterol, protect against prostate cancer, lower blood pressure among many other benefits. Red pomegranates are full of antioxidants. Ad beets are wonderful for the liver.
Examples of reds: Beets, Blood oranges, Cherries, Cranberries, Sour Cherries, Guava, Grapefruit, Pomegranates, Radicchio, Radishes, Raspberries, Red apples, Red bell peppers, Red grapes, Red onions, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon.
Orange and yellow fruits and veg contain beta-carotene, vitamin C, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, and potassium. They lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, delay aging, promote collagen formation and healthy joints, fight harmful free radicals, encourage alkaline balance.
Examples of oranges and yellows: Apricots, Butternut squash, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Golden kiwi, Lemon, Mangoes, Nectarines, Oranges, Papayas, Peaches, Persimmons, Pineapples, Corn, Sweet potatoes, Tangerines, Yellow apples, Yellow beets, Yellow pears, Yellow peppers, Yellow potatoes, Yellow squash.
Green fruits and vegetables contain chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, vitamin C, calcium, and Beta-carotene. They support the immune system, are super alkaline, fight free-radicals, reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, normalize digestion time.
Examples of greens: Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocados, Broccoli, Broccoli rabe, Brussel sprouts, Celery, Cucumber, Green Apples, Green beans, Green cabbage, Green grapes, Green onion, Green pears, Green bell peppers, Honeydew, Kiwi, Leafy greens, Leeks, Lettuce, Limes, Spinach, Sugar snap peas, Zucchini.
Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin. They boost the immune system, lower LDL cholesterol, support bone health, support digestion, fight inflammation, and reduce tumor growth.
Examples of blues and purples: Black currants, Blackberries, Blueberries, Dried plums, Eggplant, Grapes, Plums, Prunes, Purple Belgian endive, Purple Potatoes, Purple cabbage, Purple carrots, Purple grapes.
White fruits and vegetables contain beta-glucans, EGCG, SDG, and lignans. They support the immune system, balance hormone levels, educe the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancer.
Examples of whites: Bananas, Cauliflower, Dates, Kohlrabi, Mushrooms, Onion, Parsnips, Potatoes, Shallots, Turnips, White Corn, White nectarines, White peaches.
I hope this convinced you to eat the rainbow.