Magazine article Work & Family Life

When It Comes to Fruits and Veggies, Color Counts

Magazine article Work & Family Life

When It Comes to Fruits and Veggies, Color Counts

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Three of the most popular fruits and vegetables are white potatoes, bananas and iceberg lettuce. Not bad choices, but they lack some of the disease-fighting power of leafy greens and sweet potatoes, for example. It seems that brightly colored fruits and vegetables are not only more beautiful to look at, they're healthier as well.

To make sure you're getting the most from your fruits and vegetables, just follow the rainbow. Choose the colors red, deep yellow, orange and dark green. The pigments that make these foods visually appealing contain carotenoids, the antioxidants that help protect against cancer, heart disease and many other health problems.

REDS. Red is the color of lycopene, the carotenoid believed to have the most potent antioxidant effects. The richest sources are cooked tomatoes

and tomatoes and tomato

products. …

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