Following the rainbow in choosing our foods can help us fight disease. Pigment is a plant’s natural coloring the same way it is for us. The pigment is designed to help protect the plant and it will do the same for us.
Registered Dietician and author of, Eating in Color, Frances Largeman-Roth tells us which color is good for fighting which diseases.
- Red. In the red family, watermelon is the best red fruit because it’s high in lycopene which can help in lung cancer, stomach cancer and prostate cancer.
- Orange. Orange foods, such as mangoes, carrots and sweet potatoes have lots of antioxidants that boost the immune system.
- Yellow. Lemons and other citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C and also bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids help us ward off chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
- Green. Green-colored veggies help our eye health and reduce risk of macular degeneration, according to Largeman-Roth.
- Blue. Blueberries are rich in polyphenols which help us with age-related declines in cognitive and motor function.
Eating in Color advises getting 4-5 different colors each day in order to get a variety of disease-fighting foods. ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ is good health!
Color is good for our brain, too. Studies confirm that our brain is wired for color; the brain uses color to organize information.
Human n Health continues:
Every color has a unique effect on individuals and stimulates various responses, e.g. the fast food companies use red, yellow and orange colors in their restaurants and product packaging as these colors are found to be helpful in increasing appetite.
A research by the University of British Columbia has proven that blue color enhances creativity, whereas the color red helps to be focused and has a positive effect on memory. Studies show that pink color is beneficial for stimulating responses from females, whereas dark green color has a motivational effect on males.
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