Everyone knows vegetables and fruits are very nutritional. But do you know what nutrition is found in a vegetable or fruit? It's interesting that much of the nutritional value of a particular vegetable can be found by just looking at the color of it. Many nutrition experts have come to realize the color of produce has a meaning behind it's nutritional value, and most are recommending you add more fruits and vegetables to your diet based on color.

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!

To read more on the importance of color in produce, please read Nutrition In Color and The Color of Nutrition.

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.