Taste The Rainbow Of Fruits & Veggies! (Red for Heart Month!)

I am sure you have heard it before, “Eat fat least five servings of fruits and veggies a day.”  You might not have heard what fruit or what vegetable? Do they have to be a certain color?  Eating fruits and vegetables of a variety of different colors can provide you the best all-around health benefits. Each color contains unique health components that are essential to our health.

Eating plenty of healthy vegetables and fruits helps prevent heart disease and strokes, control your blood pressure, prevent some types of cancers, and the list goes on! The phrase “eating a rainbow” of fruits and vegetables is a simple way of remembering to get as much color variety in your diet as possible, so that you can maximize your intake of a broad range of nutrients.

All fruit and vegetables count – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice. Whole fruits, however, usually contain more fiber. The colors of fruits and vegetables give you a hint as to what vitamins and nutrients you are eating. Eat all colors to make sure you get all the nutrients you need for optimal health

Since it is Heart Month and Valentine’s Day was just a week ago, let’s chat about RED fruits and vegetables!   They contain nutrients such as lycopene and phytochemicals. These nutrients reduce the risk of some types of cancer, lower blood pressure and reduce LDL cholesterol levels. An apple a day really might keep the doctor away! 

Try these red fruits & vegetables:

  • Tomatoes
  • Red bell pepper (good source of beta-carotene)
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • Papaya
  • Raspberries
  • Pomegranate

Don’t forget to eat a variety of foods from all the food groups every day, including lean protein, whole grains and low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt. For more info and tips visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

One Response

  1. Reblogged this on MommyDoctorFarmer and commented:
    This post is so very true. Variety is key to a healthy balanced diet. Why not try a new red fruit or vegetable in honor of the America Heart Associations Go Red for Heart health campaign this month. When was the last time you actually ate a beet?

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