Are You Adding Colorful Foods To Your Diet?

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When your meal consists of just one or two colors, not only does it not look appetizing and inviting, but you may be missing out on some nutritional value.

We are constantly reminded to eat three to five servings of fruit and vegetables daily.

Scientists have discovered that highly pigmented fruits and vegetables have phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients are natural biochemical components found in fruits and vegetables which work together with vitamins, minerals and fiber to promote good health.

Health care workers and nurses handle patients with severe infections on a day-to-day basis.

If you are not healthy and your immune system is compromised, you’ll easily get infected by viruses because your immunity has been weakened.

 

Importance of phytonutrients

Phytonutrients contain antioxidants which protect your cells from free radicals.

Free radicals are molecules responsible for tissue damage that cause diseases.

Phytonutrients are associated with prevention and treatment of cancer, heart disease and cardiovascular diseases among others.

For more information see US Dept of Health or visit www.nccam.nih.gov

 

Benefits of eating colorful fruits and vegetables

They are low in calories, and you need not worry about eating small portions of fruit and vegetables.

They are appealing to look at and make a good snack to take to work.

They have a good amount of fiber which is good for your digestion.

They make you feel healthy and energized.

 

Next time you go grocery shopping, try a fruit or vegetable that you have not had before.

Don’t only focus on what is familiar to you or what you were brought up eating.

It is always fun to try out something new. That means you are adding different antioxidants to your body.

Remember: the more color you have in your diet, the healthier it is for you.

 

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Comments

  1. Great Job Joyce! Keep up the good work.

    Pastor Ricardo

    • Joyce says:

      Thanks Pastor for dropping by. I appreciate your encouragement.

  2. This is a great article, Joyce. I love the information and scientific background that you have added to this topic, thank you! I try to eat around the rainbow… I have a tendency to get bored with my food! I add every single color to my salad each morning at breakfast. Tomatoes, carrots, yellow peppers, broccoli, red onion, etc. It is fun, tastes better, and keeps my interest. Thanks for sharing!! Have a healthy day, Elizabeth

    • Joyce says:

      Elizabeth, I know you love good health and always advocate for it.
      I’m glad you try to eat several colored foods.
      I agree that color does increase our interest in food, particularly if we do not have a good appetite.
      Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great post Joyce.

    I try to eat a variety of colors each day. The brighter (naturally), the better. If I have to wear shades while I’m eating, then I know these phytonutrients are lighting up those free radicals.

    • Joyce says:

      I’m happy you eat a variety of colors, even if you have to wear shades:)
      Thanks Kevin for visiting, let’s keep promoting good health.