We love the look of a colorful salad because it is visually appealing. But besides looking great, did you know varying your colors is excellent for your health?
Thanks to the same phytonutrients that offer plants protection from ultraviolet radiation and pests, all natural foods have a particular color, flavor, and aroma. Eating a wide variety of colors every day is the best approach to getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Here are the most common food colors and why they are good for you:
These contain anthoxanthins, sulfur, and quercetin — substances that boost the immune system because they are anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. These help the body fight infections. Think garlic, onions, and cauliflower.
Get their color from chlorophyll, a natural blood purifier that supports the liver and kidneys in the elimination of toxins. These contain high amounts of Vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and building strong bones.
Think kale, broccoli, spinach, green beans, and celery.
Rich in Vitamin C, which helps to reduce inflammation and to promote healthy skin, due to its ability to fight free radicals. These foods also have citrus bioflavanoids, which strengthens the collagen in your skin, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Think lemons, pineapples, and yellow peppers.
High in beta-carotene, which our bodies transform into Vitamin A and antioxidants. These help to prevent cancer, heart disease, and infections by supporting an important part of the immune system: our mucous membranes. Beta-carotene also helps maintain healthy eyes and skin. Think carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, squash, and oranges.
Rich in the phytonutrients lycopene and anthocyanin, which benefit the circulatory system by helping to build healthy cell walls. This improves blood pressure, organ function, and circulation. Did you know red foods also offer sun protection from harmful UV damage? Think tomatoes, watermelon, beets, and red bell peppers.
Contain the most antioxidants of all the colors and thus contribute to overall health, disease prevention, and longevity. They also raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, and help maintain a healthy brain. Think purple cabbage.