Plant foods are rich in color, which means they are rich in disease fighting nutrients. Did you know that eating a diet rich in all of the colors of the rainbow is actually a nutrient rich balance? It’s true. The CDC outlines it well in their article:
The Colors of Health
Fruits and vegetables come in terrific colors and flavors, but their real beauty lies in what’s inside. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases.
To get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions. For more variety, try new fruits and vegetables regularly.
View a chart that lists specific nutrients and tells you how these nutrients contribute to good health. You can also find out which fruits and vegetables are good and excellent sources of these nutrients.
The CDC encourages us to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables saying, “Fruits and vegetables can protect your health,” and emphasizes their role in weight management.
Our own Verna Groger, R.D. addresses this frequently on her website. Fruits and vegetables have the power to protect us from harmful disease. Read more at http://www.joyfullyfit.com/blog/?p=185 and http://www.joyfullyfit.com/blog/?p=184.
What we eat truly makes a difference, and HomeGrown Organics strives to provide weekly shares rich in color for this sole purpose.