For instance, produce that have a red pigment is a good source of lycopene. Lycopene helps to fight of some cancers, and can increase prostate and urinary tract health. This can be founds in tomatoes, cherries, pomegranates, beets and watermelon.
Vegetables and fruits that are yellow and orange are a good source of vitamin C and carotene. Carotene helps with heart and vision health, and reduces the risk of some cancers. Oranges, carrots, yellow apples, yellow pears, lemons, butternut squash, and sweet corn fall into the yellow and orange category.
Blue and purple produce are very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect cells from free radicals within the body. Antioxidants also helps to fight off aging, improves memory function, and can reduce the risks of some cancers.
Green produce, such as broccoli, collards, brussel sprouts and cabbage, contain cancer-fighting chemicals that can block carcinogens. Green colored produce can also help promote stronger bones and teeth.
It is important to add more colors to your diet to promote a healthy lifestyle and well-being. So when serving up your next meal, try color coding it for a nutritious meal!
You can also check out What Color Is Your Diet? by Dr. David Heber and The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan For Optimum Health by Dr. James A. Joseph, Dr. Daniel A. Nadeau and Anne Underwood, on this interesting subject.