Do you ‘eat the rainbow’ and eat a wide variety of different color foods each day? This is very important for getting the best nutrition from what you eat, because each color of food differs in the health benefits it provides?
So many people are mostly concerned with how many calories they are eating, or what percentage of their diet is protein, carbohydrates, or fat.
But what about a the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients and the critical nutrition provide from the foods that are being eaten?
Eating foods of different colors will allow you to select the specific foods with the highest micro-nutrient content.
And the different colors determine which foods have the highest amounts of the different phytochemicals like anthocyanin, quercetin, bioflavanoids, lycopene, beta-carotene, and antioxidants – that further support the organs and immune system, reduce inflammation, and help with the prevention of diseases.
Eating the rainbow helps you take your health to another level.
Eating The Rainbow Nutrition Infographic
Look at these health benefits and nutritional powerhouses by food color:
- Red Foods – high in anthocyanin and lycopen and are beneficial to the circulatory system, blood pressure, circulation, and the functioning of organs. Acerola cherries are a red food that has 31 calories per cup, virtually no sugar, and provides 2740% of the daily value of vitamin C.
- Orange Foods – have high amounts of beta-carotene, which the body is able to turn into antioxidants and vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are an orange food that is high in fiber and provides 377% of the daily value of vitamin A.
- Green Foods – have chlorophyll that help with balancing alkalinity and acidity in the body, along with eliminating toxins. Kale is a green food that is highly anti-inflammatory, has no sugar, and provides 206% DV vitamin A 134% DV vitamin C and 684% vitamin K.
- There are also amazing green superfood powders that contain foods that you wouldn’t normally be eating. Spirulina, which is a form of algae, is nutrient and phytonutrient rich – and it is also over 60% amino acids by weight.
And no, you don’t avoid white foods, because they make you think of the unhealthy and nutrient void foods, like refined sugar, white flour, and processed carbs:
- Natural white foods help the immune system and fighting of infections, because they are anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.
- Cauliflower is a white food that is a great source of dietary fiber, along with being a complete protein that has all of the essential amino acids. It is also a very good source for vitamin C, vitamin B-6, folate, and potassium.