Are you stuck in a rut of eating the same fruits and vegetables that you did when you were a child, and that's it? It's time to 'branch out' for your long-term health. Plus, there are flavors out there you are missing out on.
Yellow foods are high in antioxidants like vitamin C. Which improves the mucus membranes (like when we have colds), helps to absorb iron, prevents inflammation, improves circulation, and therefore prevents heart disease.
The blue, purple and indigo foods are great for their anti-aging properties. These foods have tons of antioxidants. They also help improve circulation and prevent blood clots, so they are great and can help prevent heart disease. They are known to help memory function and urinary tract health and to reduce free radical damage.
Greenish/White fruits and veggies: Some white foods prevent cancer and heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels. Celery is often dubbed as a useless vegetable because it has no calories, but it does have minerals like good sodium that help keep the joints healthy. Mushrooms help prevent cancer and keep your body in balance.
Orange Fruits and Vegetables are loaded with carotenoids! They are the powerful phytochemical in orange foods, and they are what give the foods their color. Carotenoids repair DNA and help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as strengthening our vision. These orange foods also give us vitamin A, which keeps our eyes and skin healthy, and protects against infections. They are also known to boost the immune system.
If you want to see info on the fruits and vegetables that are recommended to buy organic, use the finder box on PaulasHealthyLiving.com and read that list.
Including fruits and vegetables to anyone's diet is an excellent first step to lowering overall daily calorie intake and increasing nutrients. But making sure that a variety of colors are being eaten is the next step to increasing your overall nutrient benefits, and improving your defenses against a variety of health issues.