Using Color as a Guide to a Better Diet: 9 Health Benefits of Red Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are a great way to get many healthy nutrients into our diet. During National Nutrition Month eating right with color is the theme. Last week I wrote about the health benefits of green fruits and vegetables. Today the color is red!
Red foods consist of everything from fruits, including watermelon, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, apples; and vegetables like tomatoes, red peppers, red onions, and red cabbage. These colorful and tasty foods are gifts from nature. They offer many health benefits because they have some of the following nutrients; lycopene, ellagic acid, quercetin, hesperidin, fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Don’t forget you can even get plenty of these nutrients in processed tomato products as well, salsa, spaghetti sauce and ketchup.
- Reduce the risk of prostate cancer
- Protects the body from prostate, cervical and lung cancer
- Reduces tumor growth
- Protects the body from harmful free-radicals
- Protects the body against heart disease
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol in the body
- Support joint tissue for those with arthritis
- Keeps one regular aiding in gastrointestinal health
There are many ways to sneak in extra red fruits and vegetables daily. Here are a few recipes to try to get nature’s fast food with red color and nutrients.
- Roasted Red Vegetable Salad
- Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
- Cherry Tomato and Watermelon Salad
- Mixed Berry Parfaits
Let me know if you try any of these wonderful recipes or share some of your own. What are some of your favorite red fruits and vegetables? How do you incorporate them into your day? Don’t forget plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables will keep you healthier for a lifetime.
Photo Credit: **Mary**