A few weeks ago in one of my daily messages, I talked to you about what the colors of the fruits and vegetables you eat can mean for your body. And the good news is, well... all GOOD! That's because, whatever color that produce is, it also has good things to offer your body. In my first message, I talked about the color GREEN, like in broccoli, some beans or Brussels spouts. They do everything from giving you better vision to even helping to reduce the risk of some birth defects! Let's hear it for the wonderful color, green! But I wasn't finished. I promised I'd be back with more good news about the colors of your fruits and veggies so, gather round everybody, today I want to talk about the colors RED & WHITE.
The plant pigments that create the color red in your produce are powerful antioxidants.
The plant pigments that create the color red in your produce are called lycopene and anthocyanin. They're both powerful antioxidants. I talk about antioxidants a lot here in my messages and for good reason. They do wonders for your body! For instance, anthocyanins, found in raspberries, red grapes and strawberries protect your body's cells from damage. The other antioxidant, lycopene, can be found in pink grapefruit, watermelon and one of everybody's favorites, those juicy red tomatoes. Are any of them in your kitchen right now? Other excellent red produce choices, (and you really can't go wrong with any of them), incude beets , (one of my favorites), cherries, cranberries and even red cabbage. (Some people call it purple cabbage but they're the same thing.)
Ready for those WHITE choices? Don't scratch your heads trying to figure out which produce will fall into this category. Didn't onions pop immediately into your heads? Any produce with a pale yellow to white tint falls into this group. They would include onions or garlic. These two beauties, known to liven up many a recipe, contain good-health promoting allicin. (Sounds like the girl's name, doesn't it? LOL.) Well, that sweety, allicin, may help lower your blood pressure, bad LDL cholesterol, reduce the risk of stomach cancer and even help fight heart disease.
While we're on those white produce choices, let's not forget bananas and potatoes. They're both excellent sources of potassium, which helps keep your muscles strong and may also lower your blood pressure. Can you think of any other white produce? I can! Try these white powerhouses, too...cauliflower, mushrooms, parsnips and turnips. Hey, they may be pale in color compared to some of their more colorful cousins but there's nothing "pale" about what they can do for your body. Those white vegetables are nutritional powerhouses, too!
We should thank the good Lord for putting so many wonderful fruits and vegetables on this earth.
We should all thank the good Lord for putting so many wonderful fruits and vegetables here on this earth for us to enjoy. And remember, they're not just pretty to look at but taste good and are doing so many good things for your body, too. That's why it's important to make them an important part of your daily food plans.
Now, let's see. So far, we've covered the colors, green, red and white. But don't go away, folks, I'm not finished. I'll have more produce colors to cover later. In the meantime, add some color to your plate and some good things to you body by getting plenty of that colorful produce!