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Color Your Diet Healthy with Fruits and Vegetables

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Research shows that eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies protects you against cancer, heart disease, and the effects of aging. Here, the nutrient and antioxidant breakdown.

The Color of Nutrition

The bright red of a tomato, the sunny yellow of a pineapple... sure, they look pretty, but those vibrant hues aren't just eye candy. Each shade represents the phytonutrients plants make to protect themselves from sunlight, disease, soil problems, and extreme temperatures. "Plants can't put on a hat or wear sunscreen, so in order to survive, they create chemicals with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects," explains James A. Joseph, PhD, chief of the neuroscience lab at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. "When we eat produce, these substances are passed to us."

Both the government and the nonprofit Produce for Better Health Foundation say active women should aim for at least nine servings of fruits and veggies per day (half a cup equals one serving). To find out exactly how many cups you need each day, log on to Then dig into these healthy picks.

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jpvashon wrote:

Among the most important nutritional information that I have seen and this includes South Beach Diet. In addition, the recipes are easy, but do require using fresh veg and fruit. This is not a impediment There is plenty of variety and can substitute for two or even three meals a day. Don't forget to add some roasted walnuts or pecans.

1/17/2014 02:54:41 PM Report Abuse
arkiegrandma wrote:

I injoy knowing they "why" to eat the colorful fruits and veggies. I am a member of the "Lose It" website and this is the second year we have had a challenge called "Eat the Rainbow" which advocates eating a fruit or veggie from five different color groups each day. I have posted the link to this article in the challenge conversation line. I hope it does not give you an overload of site visitors. Sorry if it does, but this is important in my opinion.

1/17/2014 12:48:00 PM Report Abuse

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