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Best Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Tasting the Rainbow Isn't Just Trendy, It's Healthy Too

Eating and drinking the rainbow isn't just a fun trend; with regards to antioxidants, eating an array of colors actually adds nutritional value to your life. Antioxidant properties are usually found in highly pigmented foods, and each color food group has different benefits, so eating the rainbow in this sense ensures you're getting the most benefits from your diet.
If you're already enriching your diet with antioxidant-rich foods such as green vegetables and berries, read on to get a better idea of why it's time to taste the antioxidant rainbow!

Red

What: Tomatoes, strawberries, cranberries, cherries, raspberries, pomegranate, radishes, etc.
Benefits: Although each fruit and vegetable has its own specific properties, foods with red pigments collectively contain a compound called lycopene which aids in reducing the risk of common cancers such as colon and prostate cancer and heart disease.

Here's a bunch of our favorite healthy tomato recipes to try.

Yellow and Orange

What: Carrots, lemons, pumpkins, pineapples, oranges, and grapefruit.
Benefits: These are packed full of carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin, which are beneficial in reducing the risk of lung cancer, maintaining and restoring eye health, and reducing the risk of inflammatory diseases like arthritis.

We love cooking and baking with pumpkin, no matter the season.

Green

What: Asparagus, kale, spinach, artichokes, parsley, rocket, limes, etc.
Benefits: Aside from being a great source of fiber and several minerals like heart-healthy folate, cruciferous vegetables (and most other green veggies) also contain phytochemicals such as saponins, carotenoids, and indoles. By eating green veg, you'll be getting the benefits of lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease, protecting cells from DNA damage, blood cleansing, and reducing the risk of cancer.

From soups to salad to smoothies, we have kale recipes for just about any meal.

Purple and Blue

What: Beets, acai, red cabbage, eggplant, blueberries, purple asparagus, blackcurrants, etc.
Benefits: Anthocynanins are the main antioxidants found in purple-pigmented foods and have a long list of benefits including slowing and reducing the risk of degenerative diseases such as heart disease and dementia.

Whip up a batch of these healthy blueberry muffins to get your anthocynanins.

Brown and White

What: Mushrooms, cauliflower, ginger, dates, turnips, garlic, bananas, white peaches, oats, etc.
Benefits: White foods are packed with powerful compounds such as beta-glucans to promote normal function of the immune system, protecting you from disease and infection. Each food has its own individual properties; for instance, garlic contains high levels of allicin, which has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Try some of the healthy recipes featuring cauliflower to harness the power of this versatile veggie.

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