COLOR OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

WHAT DOES THE COLOR OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES MEAN TO YOU?

colorful fruits and vegetablesFruits and vegetables are healthy. They contain vitamins, minerals and are also low in calories. Not only are they delicious, they contain a plethora of nutrients your body needs.

The yellow-red flesh of juicy peaches, the bright orange of carrots, glossy purple-brown tint of eggplants, the soft orange of ripe apricots, the vibrant red of sun-ripened tomatoes, soft green flesh of a melon… Beautiful colors that only nature can create.

And the cool thing is that each color says something about the properties of the fruit and vegetables. The main colors for this season are perhaps sunny orange and red fruits and vegetables, because many contain beta-carotene and vitamins that prevent the formation of free radicals. And that’s what we need when we expose our skin to the sun more. Do not underestimate the power of the rainbow!

Orange and Red Fruits and Vegetables

red and orange-fruits-and-vegetablesOrange and red product contain a plethora of beta-carotene, which stimulates the production of melanin, the natural pigment in our skin that helps reduce the sun’s UVA and UVB rays from getting through the epidermis. Along with producing melanin, beta-carotene helps fight free radicals which can cause cancer, and help our skin to not age as quickly. Dual benefits! Not only beta-carotene, but loads of other important vitamins, minerals and nutrients like fiber and water that our body needs can be found in these fruits and vegetables.

Examples of these natural product varieties include strawberries, carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers, apricots, cantaloupe, peaches and cherries, along with many, many more.

 

Yellow Fruits and Vegetables

Yellow produce tends to be good for your heart by helping reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), raise good cholesterol (HDL), and lower blood pressure. Examples of yellow fruits and vegetables include apples, pears, bananas, squash and herbs like fennel, onions and garlic as well.

yellow-fruits-and-vegetables

 

Purple Fruits and Vegetables

Purple fruits and vegetables tend to have a positive impact on the urinary and bowel systems along with the cardiovascular system. Purple fruits and vegetables include figs, plus, berries, radishes, and eggplant. Berries in particular are rich in bioflavonoids that strengthen the capillaries which can significantly clear up issues such as rosacea.

purple-fruits-and-vegetables

Green Fruits and Vegetables

Green fruits and vegetables contain loads of Vitamin C and Calcium which strengthen bones, teeth and help with vision. Green fruits and vegetables include kiwis, spinach, green grapes, and all forms of dark green lettuce, collards, kale, mustard greens and herbs like parsley.

green-fruits and vegetables

 

 

 

Of course, the above categories overlap each other and many more important benefits can be received from these fruits and vegetables so it is accurate to say we have only scratched the surface. By incorporating a “rainbow” into your diet, you will reap the benefits these many-faceted gems of the earth have to offer!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.