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Eat Colorful Foods

Smarter Eats: Taste the Rainbow

Eating whole foods with different colors is an easy way to get the nutrients your body needs. Pigments in fruits and veggies contain essential antioxidants that protect against cancer, promote brain health, regulate cholesterol, and act as anti-inflammatories. The more intense the color, the greater the good stuff.

Don't be monochromatic either, each pigment provides different benefits. For example, orange foods contain carotene, which protect skin and aid in enzyme production, while the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene helps give tomatoes their red color.

The next time you plan a meal see if you can get all the colors of the rainbow — red, green, yellow, blue, orange — onto your plate.

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
I eat a very colorful diet, too...lots of tomatoes, beets, carrots, spinach, blueberries, strawberries, apples, peaches, broccoli, etc. Definitely a good source of antioxidants!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
i love eating the Rainbow. . . ;)
darc5204 darc5204 6 years
How much difference in nutritional benefits is there between different colors of the same vegetable, for example bell peppers?
Antioxidant Antioxidant 6 years
Nom nom, colors.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 6 years
Nom nom, colors.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Last week I was craving fruit hard core and had black plums, pomegranates, bananas, green and red apples, oranges, pears, kiwi, and avocado, all on a large woven plate. It was such a pretty display on my counter and it definitely encouraged me and my husband to grab a piece of fruit everytime we went in the kitchen.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 6 years
That pic makes me want to make veggie soup.
natasha1970 natasha1970 6 years
Every time I eat a meal I keep on remembering an article I read which said if your meal is too pale you're not getting all your nutrients so now I ensure that my plate is very colourful!
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 6 years
This is th eonly reason I spend time in the morning making meals: So they look colorful and pretty. It's superfical but it gets me to eat better.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
I just made French onion soup for dinner. I don't think brown is in the rainbow. But it was delicious!
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