Food as Preventative Medicine: Counting Colors Instead of Calories

Does your diet consist of mostly white and yellow-ish?

Or, are the majority of your colors coming from sweet and sour candies in a package?

We were all gifted with a plethora of fruits and vegetables growing on Earth, which are the secret to our health’s success. Bees and birds have a good thing going—they’re literally attracted by natural scents and sights. Our human eyes, too, see shapes and colors that tell us what we need to eat, and we should consider getting in (at least) five colors with each meal.

There’s something about the beauty of a rainbow stretched across a blue sky that’s special. We don’t see them every day, so when we do, we’re filled with joy and excitement! The good news is that we can taste the rainbow every day…and no, we aren’t talking about Lucky Charms.

We’re talking about all those colorful fruits and veggies that make your skin glow and your body feel fresh!

It’s far more important to count colors rather than calories, and to enjoy the goldmine of preventative medicine from mother nature and her trove of treasures, which provide for our wealth of health.

Color: Red

Foods: tomato and tomato products, watermelon, guava

Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Lycopene: an antioxidant, cuts prostate cancer risk, and helps our skin protect itself against free radicals.

Color: Orange

Foods: carrot, yam, sweet potato, mango, pumpkin

Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Beta-carotene: supports immune system, powerful antioxidant, and is commonly known for supporting our eyes.

Color: Yellow-Orange

Foods: citrus fruits: orange, lemon, grapefruit, papaya, peach

Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Vitamin C and flavonoids: supports the immune system, inhibits tumor cell growth, and detoxifies harmful substances (free radicals).

Color: Green

Foods: spinach, kale, collard, and other greens

Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Folate: supports healthy cell growth and blood building.

Color: Green-White

Foods: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower

Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Indoles and lutein: supports the elimination of excess estrogen and carcinogens.

Color: White-Green

Foods: garlic, onion, chive, asparagus

Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Allyl sulfides: help destroy cancer cells, reduces cell division, and supports our immune system.

Color: Blue

Foods: blueberries, purple grapes, plums

Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Anthocyanins: can be anti-inflammatory, and supports the destruction of free radicals.

Color: Red-Purple

Foods: grapes, berries, plums, dragon fruit

Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Resveratrol: Can be nourishing for skin, congnitive function, and metabolism. It may decrease estrogen production.

Color: Brown

Foods: whole grains, legumes

Colorful protective substances and possible actions: Fiber: Removes plaque build up and carcinogenic waste by sweeping it through the system.

 

Author: Rainbeau Mars
Image: via Rainbeau Mars on Instagram
Editor: Catherine Monkman