Colorful Foods

By Marybeth Sandercox

Orange/Red

Examples:

Carrots

Tomatoes

Strawberries

Watermelon

Apples

Extras

Many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants -- such as lycopene and anthocyanins -- that may do everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the risk for stroke and macular degeneration.

Green

Examples:

Lettuce

Jalapeños

Cucumbers

Spinach

Broccoli

Extras

Green fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin A, C, potassium, and folate. They can help promote vision health, and reduce the risk of getting some types of cancers.

Blue/Purple/Crimson

Examples:

Blueberries

Grapes

Raspberries

Beats

Blackberries

Extras

They represent a vision of good health. The latest data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES), a survey of eating and health habits, found that adults who eat purple and blue fruits and vegetables have reduced risk for both high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol.

Brown/Tan

Examples:

Pecans

Apricots

Grains

Chocolate

Walnuts

Extras

They are essential to your daily diet. They may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.

White

Examples:

Coconut

Salt

Rice

Banana

Sugar

Extras

White fruits and veggies have been linked to lower cholesterol, decreased blood pressure, and a lower risk of heart disease. The key benefit of white foods is increased immunity.

Yellow

Examples:

Pineapple

Mango

Corn

Squash

Lemon

Extras

yellow foods have also been linked to increased Immunity. They can decrease the risk of some cancers, and give you healthy eyes and skin.