What makes our food so colorful is also the same nutrients that make them so healthy. The greens, yellows, purples, reds, whites, and oranges (and every shade in between) are the colorful flags of an important class of nutrients called phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are thousands of bioactive plant compounds that help protect plants from the environment and contribute to the rich and different hues of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices. They have huge amounts of health promoting benefits: they are high intensity antioxidants, become catalysts for metabolic reactions, and give life beneficial nutrients to our organs and systems. Each color represents a different set of phytonutrients, therefore it’s critical to have the most colorful plate you can at each meal. Blue/Purple represent anthocynanins, which are powerful antioxidants, Orange/Yellow colors mean they are rich in beta-carotene, Red has Lycopene, Green and shades of yellow have lutein, while Green and White contain chlorophyll to bind toxins and provide protective effects.
The SEACRET to seeing life as colorfully and vibrant as it is, is to have at least 4 different colors of plant based foods sources to give you the confidence you’re getting all the protection and health you need.