According to most nutritionists today, from the traditional western medicine folks to the eastern cultures, we would serve our bodies good if we “ Eat the Rainbow.” They say that by filling our plates with many different colors of fruits and vegetables we can help maintain a healthy body. The reasons behind filling your plate in this manner are simple and based on common sense – actually they are based on phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients are a part of a plant’s protection system and by consuming these we add that protection to our system, as well. These phytonutrients, aka vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, help with many things including keeping our major organs healthy, stimulating the production of digestive enzymes and protection from UV rays – just to name a few.
As luck would have it, these vitamins, minerals and antioxidants often express themselves in fruits and vegetables as different colors.
Yellow fruits and vegetables have a ton of great vitamins and minerals, these include:
- Beta-carotene – healthy skin and eyes
- Alpha-carotene – healthy skin, bones and immune system
- Beta-cryptoxanthin – powerful antioxidant that has shown some success in treating lung and colon cancer.
- Hesperidin – circulatory system
Give your eyes and skin a boost today by adding a couple of these yellow fruits and veges to your plate today:
- Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
- Summer Squash
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