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Choose Your Rainbow

Have you ever been told to "eat the rainbow"? Do you know what that means? Are you doing it? Eating the rainbow doesn't mean that you should be eating multi-colored M&Ms or gummy bears or anything that is artificially colored to match the rainbow. It means that we should be eating fruits and vegetables in every color of the rainbow.

What Does It Really Mean?

Each color represents different nutrients that help our bodies maintain optimal health. Following the mnemonic we all learned to remember the colors in the rainbow ROY G BIV, let's look at how each of the colors supports our good health:

RED

  • contains lycopene and anthocyanins which is what makes them so red
  • protects against certain cancers
  • reduces risk of diabetes
  • reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • improves skin quality
  • supports eye health
  • helps neutralize the effect of free radicals

ORANGE and YELLOW

  • loaded with carotenoids giving them their sunny color
  • contains vitamins and fiber
  • protects skin against sun and pollution damage
  • supports immune function
  • supports eye health
  • reduces risk of certain cancers
  • enhances cardiovascular health
  • supports joint health

GREEN

  • filled with antioxidant loaded chlorophyll, which makes them green
  • loaded with phytonutrients
  • lots of fiber
  • aids in healing tissue
  • detoxification
  • supports and increases digestive enzymes
  • restores energy
  • increases vitality
  • supports immune function
  • reduces risk of certain cancers

BLUE/INDIGO and VIOLET

  • lots of anthocyanins and resveratrol gives them the dark color
  • anti-aging properties
  • anti-inflammatory
  • disease prevention
  • promotes longevity
  • reduces Alzheimer's risk
  • memory booster
  • reduces cellular damage
  • reduces cancer risk
  • slows cancer growth

Beyond the rainbow, there are other fruits and vegetables that are beneficial to our good health. Unfortunately, french fries do NOT fall into this category so set that idea free. Here are the other colors that help us remain healthy:

WHITE

  • contains anthoxanthins
  • contains phytonutrients allicin and quercetin
  • mitigates risk of certain cancers
  • strengthens bones
  • reduces risk of some cardiovascular diseases
  • aids in lowering cholesterol
  • reduces inflammation
  • aids in hormone balancing

By incorporating all different colors of fruits and vegetables into your diet as often as possible, you will go a long way toward supporting your good health.

"Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers the dreamers and me" - Kermit the Frog

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6 Comments

  1. Martha on January 29, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    I eat the rainbow! I went cold turkey on no added sugars back in 2018 when I was diagnosed with non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Within a few months just by changing my diet my liver was healthy. 4 years later I'm still on my healthy eating plan.

    • Karen on January 30, 2022 at 10:39 am

      Isn't it amazing how the human body can heal when given the right food? Good for you for taking responsibility for your own healing.

  2. Tamara on January 30, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Too bad M&Ms don't count 😉

    I supplement my fruit and veggie intake with Juice Plus, and I think it helps.

    • Karen on January 30, 2022 at 10:38 am

      As long as it isn't sweetened with anything but the fruit or veggies and contains no artificial ingredients, it probably doesn't hurt.

  3. Glenda Cates on February 1, 2022 at 11:45 am

    I hate to admit it but no, I am not because I don't like any Fruit at all, but I do like Vegetables. While my husband likes Fruit but not may Vegetables and my son will eat a little Fruit and a few Vegetables but not as many as he should. Looks like it's time to change what we eat....

    • Karen on February 1, 2022 at 11:46 am

      Small incremental changes make a difference and don't have to be painful.

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