Why Should We Eat the Rainbow?

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I'm sure you have heard the phrase "Eat the Rainbow" (not to be confused with Skittles 'taste the rainbow' nice try), but do you know why that is? Nature's foods provides an amazing abundance vitamins and nutrients in order for our bodies to operate optimally. The human body is a miraculous machine that if treated well like a car, will keep you running sick-free and disease-free.

You wouldn't put the lowest quality anything into your car because you rely on that car to get you from point A to B, so we have to treat our bodies the same. Our bodies require nutrient dense foods to fight disease, boost our immune system and keep our organs running strong.

Each color of food has specific nutrients and a specific purpose for our bodies. Here is a low down on why it's important to eat the rainbow:

 

Blue and Purple Foods (blueberries, grapes, blue potatoes, eggplant, blackberries)

Contains: Vitamin C and antioxidants

Benefits: May reduce the risk of heart disease and cancers.

 

Yellow and Orange Foods (oranges, carrots, lemons, sweet potatoes, orange/yellow peppers, tumeric)

Contains: vitamin C, beta-carotene

Benefits: May reduce the risk of cancers and heart disease, bolsters immune system and improves eyesight.

 

Green Foods (dark leafy greens, broccoli, green apples, green tea, green peppers)

Contains: Folate and antioxidants

Benefits: Eye health, concentration and prevents depression.

 

Red Foods (tomatoes, red peppers, beets, strawberries, radishes, raspberries, red apples)

Contains: Lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin C

Benefits: May prevent cellular damage, eye health, skin health and tissue health

 

Talk about numerous benefits! Check out some of my colorful recipes here.