It’s hard to go wrong if you fortify your diet with colorful foods. Almost every one of them is loaded with disease-proofing compounds. The old folk wisdom that you should include green and orange vegetables in your daily diet was absolutely correct. It just didn’t go far enough. Today we know that you should also include a daily sampling of red, purple, and blue — the more colorful, the better.
Take blueberries. A USDA database reveals that blueberries contain more than a dozen vitamins and minerals in small amounts. They pack fiber. And they contain nearly 100 phytochemicals, including the stubborn dyes that stain your mouth and sometimes your shirt. Just one of these phytochemicals falls into the following protective categories, according to a USDA database: “analgesic, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antisunburn, antiulcer, [and] immunostimulant.” And that’s just one fruit. Imagine what you can do with a whole diet full of this brightly colored stuff.
People have gotten used to thinking of fruits and vegetables as delivering one nutrient or another. Oranges, vitamin C. Bananas, potassium. But the reality is that every fruit and vegetable is a complex disease-fighting machine. A glass of orange juice contains 170 phytochemicals — not to mention potassium, thiamin, folate, and hefty amounts of vitamin C. Carrots contain a total of 217 compounds. Apples, at least 150. Harness those in your diet, and you’ve achieved what Elizabeth Ward of the American Dietetic Association calls “defensive eating.”
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Think Health, Think Colored Fruits and Vegetables
by James A. Joseph, Ph.D. and Daniel A. Nadeau, M.D., Anne Underwood.
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