Taste the [Natural] Rainbow

Cool fact for you. Did you know that the colors of fruits and veggies depend on the nutrients in ‘em?

Red fruits and veggies like tomatoes, watermelon, red peppers, guava and pink grapefruit contain lycopene, a phytochemical that may help prevent against prostate and breast cancers and cardiac disease.

Orange fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, mango, oranges, papaya, tangerines, pumpkins and apricots get their pigment from alpha and beta carotenes. These carotenes turn into vitamin A in the body and act as antioxidants. Vitamin A affects vision, bone health, the immune system and skin health (YA, that Retin-A micro that your derm prescribed so your break-out would clear up? Concentrated VITAMIN A! The POWER OF FRUIT- you can thank ‘em for your pimple-free-prom later!)

 

Rainbow Chard *New for 2009*

 

The leafy yellow and green veggies like artichokes, summer squash, arugula, mustard greens, corn, lettuce, spinach and chard (pictured above!! yes it really looks like that) are great sources of lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients are phytochemicals that prevent age-related macular degeneration (in normal people talk: vision deterioration).

Darker green cruciferous veggies like broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts and green cabbage get their green color from indoles and isothiocyanates, which may increase the production of enzymes that detox and eliminate carcinogens in the body.

Blue, purple and deep red fruits and veggies like your berry family (black, blue, rasp and strawberries), grapes, beets, eggplants, plums and radishes are full of anthocyanins. These antioxidants are thought to be protective against neurological and aging-associated diseases, cancers and inflammation.

Bottom line: Sorry to break it to ya, ladies and gents, but you are not getting all these goods from that bag of Skittles!

Taste the [real]¬†rainbow instead- and try to brighten up every meal you have! 

(ps can you tell how much fun I had while catching up on gossip girl? xoxo)

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