Fruits and vegetables come in all sizes and colors, but as we know, inner beauty is most important! These foods are great sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber that protect us from chronic diseases. Its best to buy locally-grown produce, because when you shop at a regular grocery store, you don't know how long the "fresh produce" has been sitting there. Food begins to change a soon as it is harvested from the Earth, so the vitamins and other sources begin to deteriorate quickly. Grow your own produce if you can or shop at your local farmer's market - your body will thank you!
It is very important to consume a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, because each color has a purpose to help your body perform at it's very best. Enjoy the rainbow of the Earth!
Plenty of chlorophyll is found in green fruits and vegetables as well as lutein, a chemical that prevents cataracts and blindness. The darker the leafy greens are, the better they do at protecting the body against different types of cancers and provide plenty of B vitamins. Load up on these excellent sources of calcium, magnesium, iron and chlorophyll!
Red fruits and vegetables contain anthocyanins and lycopene, a plant pigment that reduces cancer risks and provides the antioxidants to prevent cell damage. These foods also support heart and memory health as well as reducing freeradical damage. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is right!
ORANGE & YELLOW
Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables contain carotenoid pigments that are converted into vitamin A to reduce macular degeneration risk and keep your eyes and heart healthy.
BLUE & PURPLE
Blue and purple fruits and vegetables also contain anthocyanins to protect the body against cancer, stroke and heart disease.
White fruits and vegetables (cauliflower, mushrooms, artichoke, fennel, parsnips, bananas, etc.) contain anthoxanthin pigments that help reduce cholesterol and cancer risks. Garlic, onions and ginger contain antibacterial and anti-viral properties, so get your flavor on!