Eat a Rainbow to Promote Wellness and Longevity

Nutritionists and health experts advocate eating a variety of fruits and veggies to fortify the immune system, promote energy and help fight illnesses and disease. One strategy to ensure that you’re eating a good selection of healthy foods is to “eat a rainbow”. By regularly adding a mix of vibrantly-colored vegetables and fruits to your plate, your body will get an array of beneficial phytonutrients. Let’s take a look at what the colors of the food rainbow mean for health and well-being.

This vibrant and powerful color in the food world gets its hue from phytochemicals called anthocyanins and lycopene. Consuming foods with these compounds can help reduce the risk of diabetes as well as macular degeneration and improve skin quality. In addition, red vegetables and fruits can help fight certain types of cancer and decrease the risk of stroke and heart disease. Foods like watermelons, strawberries, tomatoes, red peppers and raspberries offer a healthy dose of beneficial phytonutrients.

Orange and Yellow
Yellow and orange vegetables and fruits contain elements called carotenoids which play an important role in overall health. Enjoying foods with these elements can promote healthy joints, improve immune function, reduce the risk of heart disease and help fight some types of cancer. In addition, these foods are beneficial for the overall health of skin and eyes. Foods such as oranges, carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, peaches, papayas, squash and nectarines provide these healthy carotenoids.

We’ve probably all heard “eat your greens” at one time or another. Green vegetables are packed with chlorophyll which contains major antioxidant powers. These antioxidants help with a variety of important jobs in the body such as aiding digestive enzymes, helping to regenerate damaged tissues, reducing the risk of cancer and more. To add more green to your plate, consider choosing foods like spinach, kale, zucchini, broccoli, arugula, kiwi and avocado.

Blue and Purple
Purple and blue fruits and vegetables get their pigment from resveratrol and anthocyanin. These compounds can help combat inflammation, slow the progression of certain types of cancers, boost memory, reduce the risk for developing Alzheimer’s and protect skin cells against damage. To incorporate more blue and purple into your diet, consider blueberries, plums, blackberries, eggplant and purple cabbage.

Variety Is Key
Choosing to eat a wide variety of the foods listed above is the key to maintaining a diet that promotes longevity and wellness. Of course, selecting a rainbow for your plate every day is so much easier when someone else is in charge of the shopping and cooking! At Kyffin Grove, our chef prepares nutritious and delicious meals and snacks daily with fresh ingredients, served in our restaurant-style dining room. We even offer a private dining room where residents can entertain guests. To learn more about Kyffin Grove’s many resort-style amenities, schedule a tour with us today.