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Food is so much more than calories, carbs, proteins, and fats. Each food has a unique micronutrient profile that our body can use for various metabolic processes such as growth, repair, digestion, energy transfer, nervous system function, and immunity.
Eating a wide range of whole, less-processed plant and animal foods can help us get the vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients that are vital to our health. Here’s a little 🌈 guide to help you get your micronutrients in one color at a time:
RED 🍅 (tomatoes, raspberries, grapefruit): contain lycopene which helps rid the body of free radicals that damage genes.
ORANGE 🥕 (citrus fruits, carrots, squash): contain alpha carotene which protects against cancer and beta carotene which, when converted to vitamin A in the body, is important to vision, immunity, and reproduction.
YELLOW/GREEN 🥑 (spinach, mustard greens, avocado): good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, believed to reduce the risk of cataract and age-related macular degeneration.
DARK GREEN 🥦 (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts): contain sulforaphane and isocyanate which help ward off cancer by inhibiting carcinogens.
PURPLE 🍆 (eggplant, beets, blackberries): loaded with powerful antioxidants called anthocyanin believed to protect against heart disease by preventing blood clots.
WHITE 🥥 (onions, garlic, cauliflower): contain antioxidant flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol that reduce inflammation and help prevent oxidative damage.
Which colors do you tend to eat the most of? Least of? Can you pack all six colors onto one plate?