Eat all colors of the rainbow
Did you know that adding color to your meals helps you live a longer, healthier life? It’s important to incorporate each color of the rainbow into your diet to get the nutrients your body needs. 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! recommends eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
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Each color of produce has different benefits that contribute to your overall health. Below are the main health benefits of each color of the rainbow:
Red: Red fruits and veggies are packed full of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, fiber) and compounds that help fight colds, the flu, and certain types of cancer.
Orange: Orange produce, mainly citrus fruits, are packed full of vitamin C while others like carrots, have high Vitamin A content which helps improve eyesight.
Yellow: Yellow fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and antioxidants that are good for the heart and eyes. Some yellow foods, like bananas and mangos, benefit the skin because of the high levels of vitamin A in them.
Green: Green veggies have many nutrients that make it one of the healthiest foods to eat. Eating veggies like spinach, broccoli, and asparagus is great for your eyesight and cell reproduction. For more tips to improve your vision health, click here.
Blue: Blue fruits are known to be one of the most powerful antioxidants. Blueberries and blackberries are known to have an antioxidant that is believed to delay aging and keep your heart healthy!
Purple: Purple colored fruits are rich in antioxidants that prevent the destruction of collagen, a protein needed for healthy, radiant skin.
Tips to get more color on your plate:
It’s not always easy to introduce new foods into your diet. Try some of the tips and tricks below to color your plate healthy:
- Eat fruit for dessert. Fruit is nature’s candy. Enjoy a bowl of fruit for dessert!
- Add extra fruits and veggies into your recipes. If a recipe calls for fruits and/or veggies, add extra into your dish. It will make you feel fuller and help meet the recommended daily fruit and veggie intake.
- Support your community. Need a little motivation to eat more fruits and veggies? Supporting your community at local farmers markets, virtual farmers markets, or fruit and veggie stands around your town is the perfect way to eat more produce and feel good while doing it!
These colorful fruits and veggies also help reduce the amount of sugar you are consuming. Less sugar means healthier teeth and better oral health. Although it might seem hard now to incorporate all the colors of the rainbow into your diet, your body will thank you when you do!
Blog content provided by Delta Dental of Iowa, a proud supporter of the Healthiest State Initiative and Get Your Bib On.