From red to green, eat your way through this rainbow of fruits and vegetables to get the most nutrients and antioxidants.
- Jeff Kauck
Produce PowerhousesScientists are finding new ways to fight cancer, improve memory, and keep colds at bay with a colorful mix of good-for-you foods. What are these superfoods? Fruits and vegetables chockfull of antioxidants. Incorporating them into your diet is easy: Mix 'n' match various colors for a plate that is pleasing to the eye and the stomach. We've got suggestions for foods to eat in each color group, plus fantastic kitchen-tested recipes from Cooking Light.
RedRed fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, cherries, strawberries, watermelon, and radicchio contain lycopene and flavonoids like anthocyanins. These key antioxidants help protect against diseases and different types of cancer.
Orange and YellowApricots, cantaloupe, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and corn are packed with antioxidants that boost the immune system and help ward off age-related eye disease. They also provide an extra dose of Vitamin C, which is important for overall health.
Purple and BlueMove better and remember more with a diet rich in blueberries, eggplant, raisins, and purple-fleshed potatoes. Antioxidants in blue foods are proving beneficial for motor function and memory.
White and TanWhat do cauliflower, onions, mushrooms, bananas, and garlic all have in common? They pack an antioxidant punch with phytonutrients that help fight cancer and protect the heart.
GreenGreen foods like avocados, asparagus, broccoli, cucumbers, leafy greens, green peppers, and spinach help relieve the effects of serious eye ailments, such as macular degeneration and cataracts. They also help clear the arteries that keep blood flowing to your brain.