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The Health Benefits of Different Colors in Your Diet

Updated: Mar 18, 2022

Guess which color is the most and least prevalent in people's diets...?

& why is color so important anyway? Phytochemicals.

Phytochemicals occur naturally only in plants. They protect plants against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They also help regenerate essential nutrients and decrease inflammation in the human body.

Since the average American eats less than five servings/day of fruits and veggies, many are missing out on a gold mine of disease prevention.

Let's go through the colors and their benefits:

Red: cherries, pomegranate, tomatoes, red bell peppers, cranberries

lycopene - antioxidant associated with protection from various cancers

anthocyanin - reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline

Orange & Yellow: pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, orange peppers

vitamin C - necessary for growth and repair of cartilage, bone, teeth, and aids in the absorption of iron; antioxidant, so blocks damage by free radicals

carotenoids - beta-carotene gets converted to vitamin A, known as the "vision vitamin" because it promotes good vision

White, Tan, and Brown: white potatoes, onions, bananas, brown pears

These colors are most prevalent in people's diets due to and

allicin (garlic, onion) - may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Scientists are also interested in its ability to help the body fight infections and stimulate the immune system.

potassium (potatoes and bananas)

Green: artichokes, cucumber, brussel sprouts, spinach, avocado

folate - B vitamin that helps make red blood cells

isothiocyanates - assists the body in removing potentially carcinogenic compounds

Blue & Purple: red cabbage, eggplant, blueberries, plums, purple grapes

These are the colors most missing in people's diets.

anthocyanins - associated with decreased death from cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease. As an antioxidant, helps prevent cancer by combating harmful free radicals in our bodies

Next time you're at the store, ask yourself.. Do I have the?

What colors are you missing? Let me know in the comments below.


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