Updated: Jan 31, 2021
Yellow & Orange foods contain certain specific vitamins, minerals, & phytochemicals (biologically active compounds found in plants) that are great for the immune system!
A lot of times when I am at the grocery store I intentionally purchase produce just by the COLOR to ensure I get certain powerful plant compounds!
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Phytochemicals work synergistically with vitamins, minerals, and fiber (all present in fruits and vegetables) in whole foods to promote good health and lower disease risk!
A few examples of well-known phytochemicals are the flavonoids, phenolic acids, isoflavones, curcumin, isothiocyanates, and carotenoids.
Orange as a color represents an abundance of strength and life, and foods this color can help you feel the same way! Tangerines, carrots, pumpkins, peaches, guavas, sweet potatoes, papayas, mangoes, apricots and oranges all fall under the orange spectrum of the food rainbow. Orange fruits and veggies provide a wide range of health benefits and are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and beta-carotene.
Beta-carotene is the best known nutrient in orange foods, and serves as the powerful antioxidant that gives sunny, yellow and orange fruits and veggies their bright color. Beta-carotene, a vitamin A retinoid, is good for eye health and anti-aging. Vitamin A is a strong antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals in the body, especially in the eyes.
Orange fruits and veggies are also stock full of vitamin C, another strong antioxidant which boosts the immune system and protects against cardiovascular disease.
Turmeric, the element that makes mustard bright yellow, a spice commonly used in curry that is filled with health benefits for your body and brain.
Yellow is another bright color that represents happiness, joy and health. Bright colored fruits and veggies contain flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin A. Lemons, bananas, yellow peppers, squash, pineapple, and corn are all great examples of this healthful, yellow food group!
Yellow fruits and veggies contain carotenoids and bioflavonoids, water-soluble plant pigments that function as antioxidants. Like other foods containing these compounds, they provide an abundance of health benefits for your heart, vision, digestion and skin.
Yellow herbs, such as goldenseal, can be used as an astringent or antiseptic and if often used to fight the common cold. Dandelion, another yellow herb, is used to assist with weight control, anemia, and indigestion. Ginger is a yellow healing root known to help with nausea, gas and inflammation. Ginger contains beneficial essential oils that help improve digestions and intestinal inflammation.
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