Taste the rainbow for better health

posted by Amber Brady on January 26, 2018

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables offers more health benefits than you can count on both hands, including:

Even more, eating the daily recommended doses of fruits and veggies will help you feel fuller longer and keep your appetite in check.

“There are so many people who rely on supplements and vitamins when we should be able to get most of what we need from our food,” says registered nurse and nutrition advocate Kristin Woodruff. “Make sure you’re getting as many colors on your plate as possible. That is the original multivitamin.”

While the research surrounding the effects of color on health is ongoing, here’s a look at the potential health benefits of tasting the rainbow with some help from Dr. David Heber, author of What Color is your Diet?

For more nutritional facts and information on how to select and store specific fruits and veggies, visit http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/fruit-and-veggie-color-list.

This material is provided by Humana Inc., for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. Consult with your doctor to determine what is right for you.

Sources

1. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-and-fruits/

2. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-our-food.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

3. http://www.pbhfoundation.org/pdfs/pub_sec/sch_food/sea/factsheets/seafact3_healthbenefits.pdf

4. Heber, David, PhD, MD. What Color is your Diet? HarperCollins, 2001.

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