Eating a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables

Why Eat a Rainbow of Colors When Choosing Your Fruits and Vegetables?

Different vitamins and nutrients are associated with different colors of food. That’s why it’s important to select a variety of colors in the fruits and vegetables you provide for your family.

What do the nutrients found in red fruits and vegetables help with?

A Healthy Heart*

Memory Function

Urinary Tract Health

Lower Risk of Some Cancers*

 

Examples of red fruits and vegetables: red apples, cherries, cranberries, red grapes, raspberries, strawberries, beets, red peppers, red potatoes, tomatoes.

What do the nutrients in orange and yellow fruits and vegetables help with?butternut squash

A Healthy Heart*

A Healthy Immune System

Vision Health

Lower Risk of Some Cancers*

 

Examples of yellow/orange fruits and vegetables: apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, pears, butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin, sweet corn.

What do the nutrients in green fruits and vegetables help with?beans-food-green-4811

Vision health

Strong Bones and Teeth

Lower risk of some cancers*

 

 

Examples of green fruits and vegetables: avocados, green apples, green grapes, honeydew, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green cabbage, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, spinach, zucchini.

What do the nutrients in blue/purple fruits and vegetables help with?farmer-food-fruits-5122

Urinary Tract Health

Memory Function

Healthy Aging

Lower risk of some cancers*

 

Examples of blue/purple fruits and vegetables: blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins, black olives, purple cabbage, eggplant.

What do the nutrients in white fruits and vegetables help with?bananas-fruits-grocery-4621

Heart Health*

Cholesterol levels that are already healthy

Lower risk of some cancers*

 

 

Examples of white fruits and vegetables: bananas, white peaches, cauliflower, garlic, jicama, kohlrabi, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, turnips.

 

*Low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer, diseases associated with many factors.

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