National Nutrition Month: Colorful Eating!

By Asia Thurston, Community Nutrition Educator

March is National Nutrition Month and we continue our series of blogs on healthy eating!

When you use a rainbow as a nutritional guide, you are ensuring that your family is benefiting from a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are provided by each color group. Eating all five color groups every day is an excellent way to keep you and your family healthy and feeling their best!

Why Should You Eat A Rainbow?

  • Phytonutrients are natural chemical compounds found in fruits and vegetables. They protect against disease, are packed with special vitamins, and minerals, AND the different colors help keep our bodies healthy.
  • The bright colors signify the different phytonutrients that each fruit or vegetable contains, therefore using the rainbow as a guide is a great way to ensure the widest range of phytonutrients and nutrients in your diet.
  • Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables gives you the energy your body needs to grow, learn, play, thrive and repair.
  • A colorful diet is one of the best defenses against chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, heart failure and cancer.

What Do Colors Do?

Red- Heart healthy and gives strength support to our joints.

Orange- Great source of vitamin C, and it keeps our eyes healthy.

Yellow- Great for the skin and digestive system.

Green- Strengthens our immune system.

Purple- Purple and blue foods are great for our brains. They help with memory loss and may also keep some cancers away.

Here is a list of fruits and vegetables in each color group:

Red

Orange

Yellow

Green

Purple

Apple

Carrot

Squash

Lime

Plum

Tomatoes

Yam

Lemon

Spinach

Grapes

Watermelon

Sweet Potato

Papaya

Collard

Berries

Red Pepper

Oranges

Yellow Pepper

Kale

Eggplant

Guava

Mango

Corn

Grapes

Cabbage

 

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