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Why Eat A Rainbow?
“Eat your fruits and vegetables.” You have probably heard this phrase many times in your life. The Food Guide Pyramid— and more recently MyPlate—have been actively reinforcing the idea that we should eat a substantial amount of fruits and vegetables every day. Unfortunately, 38 percent of adolescents and 36 percent of adults report consuming fruit less than one time daily.
There always seems to be a reason for not getting your daily dose of fresh fruits and vegetables, whether it’s time, money, convenience, taste, or texture. One of the biggest reasons that people aren’t eating their fruits and vegetables is that the advertising of these initiatives has told us what to eat without explaining why we should eat it. As a result, orange juice became the major fruit and French fries the major vegetable for the majority of people in the U.S.!
Why All Colors Matter
You’ve probably heard that you should eat lots of colors, but why? It’s the phytochemicals! Phyto- means plant, so a phytochemical is simply a unique chemical that only certain colors of plants produce. More importantly, each of these color classes of phytochemicals have different beneficial effects on the body. Some protect us from aging, while others improve our stamina, and protect our cells from damage.
This knowledge alone should be enough to get you started. A single type of fruit, no matter how great it is or how much of it you eat, cannot replace the phytochemicals found in another fruit. You can’t get the same vitamins and minerals from orange fruits that you can get from red vegetables. The healthiest people in all the nutritional survey data available are not those that eat the most fruits and vegetables, but those that eat the greatest variety of fruits and vegetables.
How to Enjoy Eating Fruits and Vegetables
- If you don’t like it, add it to something.
Add spinach to soup, or add fruit to your smoothies.
- If you don’t like the flavor, puree it.
Sautee onions, garlic, tomatoes or other vegetables. Throw them in the blender, puree, and add them back to your recipe. This is very effective if you have kids in your home that like to pick things out of food or won’t eat them because of the texture or strong flavors of individual ingredients.
- If it keeps rotting in your fridge, buy it frozen.
Commercially frozen fruits and vegetables have the same phytonutritional value as fresh fruits and vegetables. Buy a bag of frozen broccoli, peas, or beans. That way you always have a vegetable to serve with a meal.
- If it takes too long to prepare, buy it canned.
Though some phytonutrient value is lost during the canning process, much of it still remains. Canned vegetables and beans are fast to prepare, and canned fruit may be presweetened, which can increase the likelihood it will be eaten. A piece of fruit with sugar is still better than choosing cake, cookies, or other food with no phytonutrients at all!
If you mix fresh, frozen, and canned, you will get the color rainbow you need, and your body will have the phytonutrient power to counteract other less phytonutrient dense food choices you make in your life.
Next time you go to the grocery store or decide to prepare a meal, don’t forget the “rainbow.” Not only does the rainbow of foods burst with colors and flavors, it also provides necessary benefits for your overall health.
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