4 November 2015


 November 4, 2015
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I repeatedly say this to all my clients- try to increase variety in the diet and eat a rainbow of foods, particularly fruits and vegetables each day.  Sticking with the same foods each day or the same colour group will make you food boring, plus the colour of the food comes with special bioflavanoids and phytochemicals that are key to proper health and a good immune system.  Here are some examples:

Examples: Tomato, watermelon, pink grapefruit, red-guava, Strawberries.  Benefits- Lycopene is a red carotenoid with powerful antioxidant properties that help with heart heath and may protect against cancer.  Red foods are also high in vitamin C

Yellow /Orange
Examples: Apricots, carrots, sweet potato, cantaloupe, peach, squash.  Benefits- Beta-cartotene is converted to vitamin A which is an antioxidant essential for skin, bones and teeth.

Purple/ Blue
Examples: Red cabbage, Blueberries, Raspberries, Concord grapes, Plums, Cranberries   Benefits: Anthocyanins act like antioxidants to help protect cells from damage, and may help with brain function including cognitive benefits and improved memory.

Examples: Kale, Chard, Broccoli, Spinach, Arugula, Collard greens  Benefits:  Chlorophyll helps to detoxify the body and provides antioxidants and minerals such as iron and calcium and magnesium.

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