The Benefits of Eating All Your Colors!

Claire Zak  |  3/16/2018 9:02:38 PM

March is National Nutrition Month!

One of the important things we should think of when we hear nutrition is fruits and vegetables! Most of us grew up always being told “Eat your fruits and vegetables!” But did you know that our parents weren’t just trying to make us eat all our food? They were trying to keep us healthy! Fruits and vegetables are a great foundation in our diet. They have been linked in preventing us from getting serious diseases. Specifically, fruits and vegetables have been shown to prevent some types of cancer.

Fruits and vegetables will not only prevent cancers, but consuming a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables may help lower body weight. Lowering body weight, especially within an obese individual, is also linked to preventing some types of cancer.

When we eat fruits and vegetables to prevent cancer, we want to eat the rainbow! This means that we try to eat a variety of colors. All colors have been linked to preventing some types of cancer. Below is a list of fruits and vegetables within each color category. Try to eat a different color fruit and vegetable each day!

Red:

-Raspberry

-Cherries

-Beets

-Tomatoes


Orange/Yellow:

-Pineapple

-Apricot

-Carrots

-Pumpkin


Green:

-Broccoli

-Celery

-Kiwi

-Green Grapes


Blue/Purple:

-Blackberries

-Plum

-Eggplant

-Purple Cabbage


White:

-Cauliflower

-Mushroom

-Banana

-Jicama

Source: Let’s Eat for the Health of It by LSU AgCenter

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