A Survivor's Perspective

What Colors Are You Eating???

Do I Really Have To Eat That
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Have you every noticed that when eating not so healthy foods, the colors on your plate (or usually your take out box) are about the same color. A hamburger bun, French fries, fried chicken, fish and chips are all a pretty boring beige color – and smothering in ketchup doesn’t count.

A great way to start eating a little healthier is to put a little color on your plate. Fresh fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors, each color contributing something a little different in your diet.

RED Fruits and Vegetables contain lycopene and other nutrients. These nutrients help reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancers, lower blood pressure and LDL levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support joint tissue in arthritis cases.

ORANGE and YELLOW Fruits and Vegetables contain alpha- and beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin C, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, and lycopene. Most of us know that eating carrots keeps our eyes healthy, but by converting the carotenes to vitamin A, these nutrients also helps our bones and immune system.

GREEN Fruits and Vegetables (yes there are green fruits – apples, grapes, pears) are best known for their fiber, but did you know they are also a great source of calcium. Great information for those of us who can’t drink milk. Because of the great variety of the green group it contains various health benefits. The nutrients found in this group help to reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, normalize digestion time, support retinal health and vision, fight harmful free-radicals, and boost immune system activity.

BLUE and PURPLE Fruits and Vegetables are known for their antioxidents. They contain many of the nutrients of the above colors and help with the various health benefits of the other colors. Blue and Purple also help boost the immune system.

So you can see, not only does eating color improve the appearance of your meal; it also improves your health. Good eating to all.

I would like to thank the Disabled-World website for helping me with the facts on this post. For a list of the foods contained in the food group colors, please visit www.disabled-world.com

Great Recipe Link that fits this category:http://gotnomilk.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/israeli-salad Cheaper to make in season. Some prep time, but well worth it.


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