Eat a Rainbow of Colors to Keep the Doctor Away

Fruits and veggies grouped by color sit in bowls on a wooden surface.

Resort to eating homemade, organic foods. (Image: Carey Jaman via Dreamstime)

To keep healthy, it’s best to eat an abundance of fruits and veggies every day. Which are best to eat? What does it mean to eat a rainbow of colors a day? It means you need to eat foods that are red, orange, yellow, green, and purple.

Well, it’s good if you can eat all of them because they contain different vitamins and minerals that are vital for daily health.

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Eat a rainbow of colors to ensure you’re meeting your daily nutrient needs

1. Green

To eat a rainbow of colors means you need to include fruit and vegetables that are green.
Apples are a good source of fiber. (Image: Kiankhoon via Dreamstime)

Go green and you will reap the benefits! Green fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A and C.

They contain chlorophyll, fiber, luteinzeaxanthin, calcium, folate, and beta-carotene. These all help to prevent cancers, decrease growth dangers, maintain good eyesight, and lower cholesterol levels.

2. Red

Ripe red tomatoes with drops of water clinging to them sit on a red tablecloth.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene. (Image: Anita Nowack via Dreamstime)

Red fruits and vegetables pack a nutritional punch. They are loaded with antioxidants, which soak up damaging free radicals.

Lycopene is an antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables that helps reduce the risk of many cancers, such as prostate cancer.

Other supplements found in red vegetables and fruits are quercetin and hesperidin. These help circulation, diminish tumor development and bad cholesterol levels, eliminate free radicals, and relieve joint pain.

3. Blue and purple

Blueberries with drops of water clinging to them.
Blueberries are full of antioxidants. (Image: John Dean via Dreamstime)

The darker the fruit or vegetable, the more nutrients it contains. That’s why you should load up on your blue and purple fruits and vegetables.

They are full of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that fight free radicals, and can have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits. They can also lower the risk of heart disease and cancers, prevent memory loss from aging, keep your urinary tract, eyes, and gums healthy, and lower the risk of stomach ulcers and gum disease.

4. Orange and yellow

A carrot sits next to an orange and a glass mug full of an orange-carrot smoothie.
Orange fruits and veggies boost your immune system. (Image: Vladimir Kopylov via Dreamstime)

Does your immune system need a boost? Well, dig into orange fruits and vegetables. They contain zeaxanthin, which is an antioxidant, lycopene, flavonoids, vitamin C, potassium, and beta-carotene or vitamin A.

All these nutrients help the body by aiding in eye health. They work with calcium and magnesium to build stronger bones, reduce the risk of prostate cancer, encourage pH balance of the body, lower bad cholesterol, promote healthy joints and collagen formation, and fight harmful free radicals in the body.

So stock up on all of nature’s goodness and eat a rainbow of colors every day, and you won’t be visiting the doctor’s office.

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