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Nutrition chart with a lot of info

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in For the people, Health | 0 comments

Eat the rainbow! You’ve likely heard this tossed about by foodies, nutritionists, and diehard vegetable fans. But what does it mean? It is really just a fancy way to say you should eat a balanced diet, and that you should buy every color fruit or vegetable available at your local market. Why?

Fruits and vegetables get their colors (and other unique characteristics like smell, texture, etc) from various phytochemicals. Each phytochemical has its own set nutrients. Since the phytochemicals that make something red are different from the phytochemicals that make something green, the nutrients, and health benfits, of those two plants are going to be different. Simply said, you can’t get the same vitamins and minerals from red fruits that you can get from green vegetables. This is why you should eat the rainbow.

Unlike our vision, which we can sum up with a tidy 7 colors and the ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) slogan, the amount of phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and nutritional elements and metals that exist is staggering. It would almost be silly to categorize produce solely on color, so, that’s what I’ve done here! There are many vitamins, nutrients and health benefits that can be found in a majority of one color of produce, so it’s worth looking at anyway.

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