Shopping Guide: Benefits of Fruits & Veggies by Color

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Shopping Guide: Benefits of Fruits & Veggies by Color

by Courtney Somer

Here is a quick and easy guide to how fruits & veggies will benefit you based on color. As a general rule, the ideal shopping trips leaves you with a rainbow of colors in the foods you are buying.

Green: The most important color to eat, green foods are high in calcium, iron, zinc and fiber (kiwi, kale, celery, lettuce, broccoli, spinach).

Red: Reduces free radical damage, risk of cancer ands heart disease and are good for memory (red pepper, apples, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes).

Orange: Good for the eyes and heart and can also decrease your risk of cancer (sweet potatoes, oranges, pumpkin, Kumquats).

Yellow: Focuses on the circulation & immune system, Other benefits include maintenance of healthy skin, wound healing, and stronger bones and teeth (yellow pepper, corn, banana, summer squash, lemons).

White: These are natures pharmacy with great immune boosting support, hormone balancing and cancer fighting benefits. (cauliflower, garlic, ginger, onions, potatoes, shallots).

Blue & purple: These are powerful antioxidants that prevent premature aging, fight inflammation, lower cholesterol and help to protect your heart due to the abundance of flavonoids (blueberries, plums, grapes, figs, eggplant).