This post is so very true. Variety is key to a healthy balanced diet. Why not try a new red fruit or vegetable in honor of the America Heart Associations Go Red for Heart health campaign this month. When was the last time you actually ate a beet?
Originally posted on Winners Drink Milk!:
I am sure you have heard it before, “Eat fat least five servings of fruits and veggies a day.” You might not have heard what fruit or what vegetable? Do they have to be a certain color? Eating fruits and vegetables of a variety of different colors can provide you the best all-around health benefits. Each color contains unique health components that are essential to our health.
Eating plenty of healthy vegetables and fruits helps prevent heart disease and strokes, control your blood pressure, prevent some types of cancers, and the list goes on! The phrase “eating a rainbow” of fruits and vegetables is a simple way of remembering to get as much color variety in your diet as possible, so that you can maximize your intake of a broad range of nutrients.
All fruit and vegetables count – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice. Whole fruits, however, usually contain more fiber. The colors of fruits and vegetables give you a hint as to what vitamins and nutrients you are eating. Eat all colors to make sure you get all the nutrients you need for optimal health