It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables should be the cornerstone for any nutritious diet. But have you ever broken down your favorites by their respective color group? The different color groups serve a particular purpose in your health and wellness.
Next time you walk into the grocery store or farmers market, look at how much color you find in the produce section. Orange, red, purple, white, green and yellow are the main groups you will see. These are the colors for your fruits and vegetables. With an assortment of different fruits and veggies to try from these 6 groups of colors, you should almost never tire of trying different nutritious dishes for your benefit,
Orange – Carrots, oranges, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, carrots, mangoes and papaya. Orange vegetables are packed with beta-carotene, which has been shown to improve eyesight and fight cancer.
White – Onions, potatoes, shallots, turnips, white corn, white nectarines, white peaches, mushrooms, bananas, cauliflower, pears and garlic. White fruits and vegetables are packed with beta-glucans, EGCG, SDG and lignans. They are known to boost the immune system and are great for breast and prostate cancer prevention.
Green – Artichokes, arugula, asparagus, avocados, broccoflower, broccoli, broccoli rabe, brussel sprouts, celery. Green fruits and veggies are full of vitamin C, folate, calcium, fiber, chlorophyll and protein. The nutrients found in green vegetables have been known to reduce cancer risks, regulate digestion, improve and protect your vision and boost your immune system.
Red – Blood oranges, cherries, radishes, raspberries, red apples, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon. Red fruits and vegetables contain hesperidin, lycopene and fiber and are known to reduce the risk of cancer, high blood pressure and can reduce many cases of arthritis.
Yellow – Apricots, butternut squash, grapefruit, lemon, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, persimmons, pineapple, and cantaloupe. Orange fruits and vegetables contain beta-carotene, flavonoids, potassium and vitamin c. Eating this group daily has shown to promote healthy joints, aid in a healthy alkaline balance and build healthy bones.
Purple – Eggplant, elder berries, grapes, plums, pomegranates, prunes, figs and raisins. Purple fruits and veggies have been known to boost the immune system, support healthy digestion, fight inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer cells.
With the rise of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory illness, the consumption of these fruits and vegetables is of major importance to your health and wellness. If you have a busy lifestyle, you can always get a blend at your local juice bar, or make a tasty one yourself. But don’t let a busy lifestyle compromise your efforts to eat these natural foods in their entirety.
A good vegetable eaten everyday with each meal can make a tremendous difference in how you feel and function. Try a vegetable omelette for breakfast, a spinach salad for lunch, a small fruit salad for an afternoon snack and mixed vegetable side for dinner. See how easy it is to get it all in?
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