I guess you could say I am passionate about food, really more about the nutritional impact. The foods we eat make us healthy or unhealthy. So, please indulge yourself with lots of colorful foods from nature every day.
The colors of natural foods actually play an important role in our health. Each color offers unique ingredients that can give healing and support to our bodies. Let’s take a look at these colors and see what they do.
The yellow/orange foods are some of my favorites. I just love the taste of pumpkin, butternut squash and sweet potatoes!
YELLOW/ORANGE foods contain beta carotene and lutein and are rich in Vitamin C and folate.
These foods help protect the brain, lower the risk of some cancers, support heart and vision health, and support a healthy immune system. The orange in sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots and butternut squash can be converted to Vitamin A in our bodies. Citrus fruits, however, do not contain much beta carotene, but are rich in Vitamin C and folate.
These foods also maintain healthy mucus levels in the body, keep our skin healthy, help keep blood vessels flexible, improve our vision and aid in healthy bone structure.
Beta carotene may also help reduce cholesterol levels in some people, according to a scientific study.
Some food sources are:
- Yellow apples
- Butternut squash
- Yellow peppers
- Yellow summer or winter squash
- Sweet corn
- Sweet potatoes
- Yellow tomatoes
- Yellow watermelon
Red/Pink Foods contain the antioxidant lycopene.
RED foods contain lycopene, which is also an anthocyanin. The red and pink foods help protect the brain, lower the risk of some cancers, and support heart, urinary tract, and prostate health. The lycopene in tomatoes are better absorbed when cooked and eaten with a little fat than when eaten raw.
The lycopene in tomatoes, watermelon and pink grape fruit may help reduce the risk of many cancers, but particularly prostate cancer. The antioxidants in strawberries, grapes and other foods help prevent cellular damage, reducing the risk for other adverse health conditions.
Some food sources are:
- Red apples
- Red cabbage
- Pink grapefruit
- Red grapes
- Red peppers
- Red potatoes
Make it a habit to eat from nature’s rainbow everyday. It will do your body good!
For Part 1 of Why is an Orange Orange? click here.