This article, entitled "Color Up Your Diet," comes from MomsEveryday Correspondent Liz Hayes.
We all know we should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day to maximize all of the delicious health benefits they provide. But if you’re regularly noshing on broccoli, broccoli and more broccoli and ignoring other colorful veggies like carrots, eggplant and yellow bell peppers, you’re missing out.
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables that are brightly colored is nature’s way of ensuring we load up on super foods. Incorporating red, yellow, orange, dark green and purple produce will give your body a nutritional boost it craves while staving off disease.
Dark green veggies, like spinach, kale, arugula, and broccoli help produce enzymes that clear toxins from the body and may be key in preventing cancer. They also have beta carotene and are good for the eyes.
Red foods like tomatoes, red peppers, cherries, cranberries and strawberries are good sources of lycopene which may protect against breast and prostate cancer.
Yellow foods like bell peppers, bananas, lemon, squash and corn are rich in vitamin C and are also loaded with antioxidants. They also help with digestion, immunity and can give you strong bones and teeth.
Carrots, sweet potatoes and other orange-hued fruits and veggies are great for your eyes and overall immunity. They’re loaded with vitamin A and antioxidants.
Eggplant, purple cabbage, prunes, grapes, raisins and blackberries are purple hued produce you don’t want to skip. They’re packed with flavonoids which can boost your heart health and can also assist with aging.
Next time you’re at the store, consider shopping the colors of the rainbow to ensure you reap all of the beautiful benefits.