Why am I crazy about tri-colored veggies and filling my plate with as many colors as possible?
Because of PHYTOCHEMICALS! They are chemicals within plants that have amazing health benefits! Each color has different benefits, which is why I advise people to eat as many colors as possible to get all the benefits!
Below I will explain the benefits of each food color category:
Blue/purple: support a healthy blood pressure, decrease risk of heart disease, lower risk of cancer, and improve memory function
Examples: black berries, blueberries, purple grapes, eggplant, plums, purple carrots, etc.
Green: promote eye health, cruciferous vegetables may help protect against cancer, leafy greens help decrease risk of birth defects
Examples: spinach, asparagus, green apples, zucchini, green beans, leafy veggies, brussels sprouts, kiwi, green grapes, cucumbers, etc.
Red: help reduce body inflammation, may improve heart health, and decrease risk of cancer, notably prostate cancer
Examples: red apples, red peppers, cherries, red grapes, red potatoes, raspberries, strawberries, red tomatoes, watermelon
Yellow/orange: may help with vision, immune function, skin health and bone health, decrease risk of birth defects, and decrease risk of cancer notably in the esophagus, lungs, and stomach.
Examples: yellow apples, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, orange/yellow carrots, cantaloupe, oranges, peaches, yellow/orange pepper, pineapple, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yellow/orange tomatoes, corn, lemons, etc.
People always talk about all the health benefits fruits and vegetables have to offer but never really explain them, so I wanted to break them down and show you they REALLY DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR BODY!
If you don’t already, try to increase your servings of fruit to 4 servings a day and veggies to 5 servings a day. If you follow my LindsayLongevity Healthy Meal Template, you will have no problem getting that many veggies in a day! 😉
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