Saturday, March 10, 2007

Eat your colors :)

It's well known that foods that are deep blue, purple, red, green, orange and yellow – they contain carotenoids and anthocyanins. These compounds have health-enhancing nutrients to protect against heart disease and cancer. Foods that are rich in antioxidants help prevent cell damage and reduce the risk of degenerative diseases. Here's what USDA's Diet and Human Perfomance Laboratory recommends,

Deep Green Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and kale are good sources of calcium for healthy bones and teeth.

Red Tomatoes, cranberries and pomegranates are beneficial sources of anthocyanins and lycopene, which are possible deterrents to heart disease and cancers of the prostate, cervix and gastrointestinal tract.

Orange/Yellow Squash, carrots and sweet potatoes are great sources of antioxidants that can promote healthy lungs and fight off squamous cell carcinoma.

Deep Blue/Purple Eggplant, blueberries, strawberries and cherries help lower your risk of heart disease by boosting the liver to absorb extra cholesterol, as well as improve memory.

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