Eat the Rainbow

by Joni Gerken

Not only is it important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, it's also important to include a variety. An easy way to think about variety is based on colors to get all of the benefits. Phytonutrients give fruits and vegetables their bright colors and each pigment has different health benefits.

Red: These are rich in lycopene which helps rid the body of gene damaging free radicals and has been shown to reduce the risk for some cancers.

Examples: tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, and cherries

Orange / Yellow: These are rich in beta carotene which also helps your body get rid of free radicals, but also helps cells communicate with each other and can prevent heart disease.

Examples: carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, and oranges

Green: These are full of sulforaphane, isocyanate, and indoles which help block the effects of carc