For good health and vitality, we need to eat the RAINBOW … no, not Skittles.
[Skittles is not food and is, in my opinion, poison.]
We need to eat a wide spectrum of foods – that is, a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, along with a diverse array of nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains to get proper and adequate nutrition.
The various colors in plants are created by particular phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are chemicals produced by the plant to provide protection from the elements, insects, fungus, molds, parasites, etc. In short, phytochemicals generally help the plant thwart competitors, predators, and/or pathogens, thus, being able to survive and thrive to pass on its seeds.
These phytochemicals often confer benefits to us, although some serve as anti-nutrients, especially in excess, and can cause us harm. That is why it is prudent to eat a diverse variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains, as well as to prepare foods in a manner that reduces anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors.
In conclusion, we need to consume foods and herbs from the whole color spectrum for good health. Let’s look at some of the delicious and nutritious colorful foods by color. :)
RED / PINK
Apples: Red Delicious, Empire, McIntosh, etc.
Beans: Adzuki, Kidney, Red, Pinto, etc.
Berries: Cranberry, Goji, Loganberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Wineberry, etc.
Grapefruit (Pink, Red)
Red Bell Peppers
Seeds & Grains: Red Rice, Bhutan Rice, Red Quinoa, etc.
Citrus: Oranges, Tangerines, etc.
Orange Bell Peppers
Squashes: Pumpkin, Buttercup, Butternut, etc.
Apples: Golden Delicious, Jonagold, etc.
Winter Squashes: Acorn, Delicata, Kabocha, Spaghetti, etc.
Yellow Bell Peppers
Yellow Summer Squash
Green Onions / Scallions
Leafy Greens (arugula, spinach, lamb’s quarters, collard, beet greens, Swiss chard, dandelion, lettuce, kale, turnip, mustard, etc.)
Peas (Snow, Sugar Snap, Garden, etc.)
Zucchini Summer Squash
Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Purple Bell Peppers
BLACK – PURPLE
Black Mission Figs
Beans: Black, Black Soybeans
Seeds: Black Sesame, Black Seeds (Nigella sativa), Chia
Beans: Cannellini, Navy, Great Northern, etc.
Hearts of Palm (get sustainably sourced or avoid)
Mushrooms: White Button, Oyster, etc.
Potatoes (eat the skin & NEVER eat fried unless you want to increase your risk of cancer dramatically…. Slow boiled is best)
Beans: Garbanzo (Chick Peas)
Nuts: Almonds, Macadamia, Pecans, Walnuts, etc.
Seeds: Flax (Golden, Brown), Hemp, Sunflower, Sesame, etc.
Spectrum – a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their different degrees of refraction according to wavelength.
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