Follow the rainbow to healthy eating

Follow the rainbow to healthy eating

[ Background music ]>>When you walk down the produce isle at the
market, or the orchards at your local farms, or even the gardens in your own backyard, notice
the vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables. Not only are these colors gorgeous
to look at, but they actually exist to protect the plants on which they grow. Each of the different colors
contain plant nutrients, which help protect the plants
from damage or disease. When we eat fruits and vegetables these
phytonutrients help to protect us as well. For example, this orange contains over twenty
nutrients including the antioxidant vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C tablets alone
cannot reproduce the same beneficial effects of the oranges themselves. Scientists believe there are thousands of
phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables. The phytonutrients may help reduce our risk
for heart disease, stroke and certain cancers; they can help lower cholesterol, blood
pressure and help stabilize blood sugars. More benefits are being discovered every day. There are different nutrients for different
colors, bright red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes
and carrots are a good source of carotenoids that are antioxidants and help
protect cells from damage. Dark green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli contain flavonoids
and other nutrients. Dark red, blue and purple fruits and
vegetables like cherries, grapes, blueberries and eggplant contain anthocyanins, which may
help protect blood vessels, lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation, which are
all risk factors for heart disease. White vegetables like garlic
and onions contain plant sulfurs that may also help lower cholesterol. As you can see, different colored fruits and
vegetables have different phytonutrients, as well as vitamins, minerals
and fiber that work together. The most important thing to remember is
that the best way to get the benefits of these phytonutrients is to eat the rainbow
and include at least five different colors of fruits and vegetables each day. Try a colorful salad, a medley of roasted
vegetables, or a variety of raw vegetables with a spinach pesto dip and enjoy
the flavors of the rainbow each day. [ Music ]

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