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The Importance of the different Colors for Fruits and Vegatables

When I punish Charlie, I make him write sections out of various health books that I own. Sometimes I’ll print articles or studies done by universities and have him write those as well. He hates to write!!!!!!!!! I figure if I have to make him write, it might as well be on information that will educate him about his health. I wasn’t sure I was accomplishing anything with this form of punishment. Well today we went to the grocery store together. Charlie started telling me about how important it is to have various colors of vegetables and fruits. I was like, “Does this mean you are going to start eating more of these types of vegetables?” He was like, “No, but you should because they contain all kinds of different pyhtochemicals in them and it’s suppose to help with your health.” It totally cracked me up. I guess the punishment is working. I’m sure when he grows up he will eventually apply this knowledge. Time will tell I guess. Anyway, here is one of the articles that I made him write:

Reds When you add deep reds or bright pinks to your daily diet, you are also adding a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene is found in tomatoes, red and pink grapefruit, watermelon and papaya. Diets rich in lycopene are being studied for their ability to fight heart disease and some cancers.

Greens Do you know why this color is so essential to your diet? It is rich in the phytochemicals that keep you healthy. For example, the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin that are found in spinach, kale and broccoli have antioxidant properties and are being studied for their ability to protect your eyes by keepeing your retina strong. Also, research is being done on cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale to see if they may reduce the risk of cancerous tumors!. Greens are also loaded with essential vitamins (folate), minerals and fiber.

Oranges/Yellows Orange vegetables and fruits like apricots and carrots contain beta-carotene. This carotenoid is a natural antioxidant that is being studied for its role in enhancing the immune system. In addition to being touted as a powerful health- protector, the orange group is rich in Vitamin C. Folate, most often found in leafy green, is also found in orange fruits and vegetables, and is a B vitamin that may help prevent some birth defects and reduce your risk of heart disease. Bright yellows have many of the same perks as the orange groups: high in essential vitamins and carotenoids. Pineapple, for example, is rich with Vitamin C. Yellow fruits and vegetables belong to many different families, but they all share the common bond of being health enhancing with great taste.

Blues/Purples Blues and purples add to your plate health-enhancing flavonoids, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Anthocyanins, a phytochemical, are pigments responsible for the blue color in vegetables and fruits, and are being studied for their role in the body’s defense of harmful carcinogens. Blueberries, in particular are rich in Vitamin C and folic acid and high in fiber and potassium.

Whites Vegetables from the onion family, wich include garlic and any variety of onion, contain the phytochemical allicin. Research is being conducted on: Allicin, to learn how it may help lower cholosterol and blood pressure and increase the body’s ability to fight infections. Indoles and sulfaforaphanes, phytochemicals in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, for how the may inhibit cancer growth. Polyphenols, another important phytochemical that may reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.




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