"Eating the rainbow" also helps prevent food boredom (which can trigger binge eating); reduces sweet cravings and minimizes body fat storage. Read the Colourfood Chart below to see how many foods you can enjoy!
Colorful Fruits and Vegetables, Phytochemicals and Their Benefits:
Sources: The American Cancer Society, The National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Phytochemicals: Lycopene, capsanthin, anthocyanins
Benefits: Reduces risk of heart attack and diabetes; improves circulation and memory function; helps prevent breast, skin and prostate cancer; helps control high blood pressure
Found in: Tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, beets, red apples (with skin), red grapes, red cabbage, red onion, radishes, red peppers, pomegranates
Phytochemicals: Allicin, flavonols
Benefits: Boosts immune system; helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure; reduces the risk of heart attack; helps prevent cancer cells from spreading
Found in: garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, ginger, jicama, chives, mushrooms, apples, pears
Phytochemicals: Chlorophyll, lutein, zeaxanthin, folate
Benefits: Helps reduce vision impairment and macular degeneration; supports strong bones and teeth; reduces the risk of cancer/tumor growth; improves joints and reduces inflammation; aids in digestive regularity Found in: Leafy greens, lettuces, and green vegetables such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, collard greens, broccoli, peas, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, arugula, Swiss chard, watercress, kiwi, honeydew
Phytochemicals: Anthocyanin, quercetin, phenolics
Benefits: Reduces the risk of cancer and heart attacks; improves longevity and protects against memory loss/cognitive dysfunction; improves joint movement and reduces inflammation; supports urinary tract health; helps reduce high blood pressure, prevents complications from diabetes
Found in: Blueberries, blackberries, grapes, prunes, plums, raisins, figs, purple kale, purple cabbage, eggplant
Need a few ideas to get started on your colorful new life? Check out the color-loving recipes here on my website!