If health and longevity are worth more than riches, than making sure you eat food from all colors of the rainbow will bring you to your personal pot of “gold.” One of the best ways to ensure a long and vibrant life is to include abundant colors in your diet.
Red fruit such as strawberries, apples and pomegranates give immense support for a healthy heart. They help regulate blood pressure, and promote easy blood flow.
Orange foods such as oranges, peppers, pumpkin and peaches fight inflammation. If you have aches and pains in your joints, you likely suffer from inflammation. Eating these foods can help the body restore what is needed so the inflammation can resolve.
White foods such as coconuts, cauliflower, garlic and onions boost your immune system, keeping you strong against viruses and bacteria that may be harmful to your body.
Leafy greens have valuable minerals and are perfect for cleansing and detoxing when there is toxic build-up. Leafy greens support strong bones and teeth which is especially important as we age.
Yellow food includes bananas, lemons, pineapple and corn have ingredients that promote good skin health. Look and feel younger with vibrant, healthy skin by eating more yellow fruit.
Purple food has a lot of antioxidants. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals which cause cell damage, which ultimately can lead to diseases of the heart and cancer. It seems everywhere you go it’s blueberry this and blueberry that. You have your choice of wild blueberry juice, blueberry-pomegranate juice, blueberry-cranberry juice and so on and so on.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love blueberries. But, in our rush to embrace the latest antioxidant food craze (blueberries, cranberries, pomegranates) we’re ignoring some very high-antioxidant foods that are probably sitting ignored in our cupboards.
“What?” You ask, “What could possibly be higher in antioxidants than my beloved wild blueberry?” Well, how about the small red bean? That’s right, I said “bean.” The small red bean actually has more antioxidants per serving size than the wild blueberry. And the red kidney bean and pinto bean have more antioxidants per serving size than a serving of cultivated blueberries.
What other foods are high in antioxidants? For starters, there are artichoke hearts, blackberries, prunes, pecans, spinach, kale, russet potatoes and plums. And, no, that’s not a mistake. Russet potatoes are on the list of foods high in antioxidants.
The good news is that you can eat healthy foods high in antioxidants (by eating them raw, cooking them, or juicing them yourself) without having to pay a high price for the “flavor of the month” antioxidant juices being peddled in the supermarkets.
So, fill your plate with the colors of the rainbow and reap the benefits that all this glorious food has to offer.
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