Magazine article Work & Family Life

White Is the New Color in Food's Rainbow

Magazine article Work & Family Life

White Is the New Color in Food's Rainbow

Article excerpt

We got the message to "eat a rainbow of foods" and fill our plates with color." But we may need to dial that back a notch.

The advice to limit white foods in our diet is mainly directed at refined foods that have had their nutrients removed during processing: white sugar, white rice, refined flour and white breads and rolls.

Many foods that lack color are rich in nutrients such as potatoes, white beans, turnips, cauliflower, onions, garlic, fish and bananas.

Georgia Giannopoulous, a dietitian at the Weill Cornell Medical Center, encourages us to look for foods that are naturally white, and here are some of the benefits.

Potatoes, cauliflower and turnips are rich in vitamin C, which helps the body to absorb iron. …

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