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Eat a Colorful Variety of Food for Anitoxidant Potential

Eat a Rainbow

A colorful diet is a well-balanced diet since different antioxidants create many of the different colors in fruits and veggies. Antioxidants keep your body healthy on a cellular level by cleaning up free radicals that can lead to mutations and cause disease. So next time you're at the salad bar, or planning a menu, try to eat a rainbow because the more variety in color the larger the variety of antioxidants.

Prevention magazine has created a helpful color guide and here are the highlights.

  • Yellow/Orange: Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, mango, corn, and melon all contain a variety of carotenoids, which reduce the risk of developing cancer.
  • Green: Vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are high in lutein, which keeps your vision sharp and clear.

To see what the rest of the rainbow has to offer, just

  • Blue/Purple: Blueberries and blackberries are chock full of anthocyanins, which prevent tumors from forming and suppress their growth.
  • Red: Tomatoes and watermelon are loaded with lycopene, which may protect against cancer and heart disease.
  • White: Cauliflower offers the same cancer-fighting benefits as broccoli, its cruciferous cousin, and potatoes are a good source of vitamin C. There's also some evidence that the sulfur compounds in garlic and onions may ward off stomach and colon cancers. Other white foods, like poached chicken, seafood, reduced-fat cheeses, eggs, and tofu, provide all-important protein.


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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I could totally go for some watermelon right now...
melda melda 9 years
I eat lots and lots of fruits everyday but I don't like vegetables I tried so many times I couldn't swallow I love melon, watermelon, oranges and apples, and many many fruits that I don't know their name in English lol
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I need to eat more vegetables and fruits!
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
I should be able to see thru things... with all the spinach, broccoli and brussel sprouts I eat...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I love all colours of veggies and fruits!
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