Rainbow Foods to Change Your Mood

Eat the rainbow!  Fruits and vegetables of different colors can benefit your body in a variety of ways.  The pot of gold at the end of this rainbow will be a healthier, more balanced YOU.  And I don’t think you’ll look like a leprechaun.  Hopefully.

Let’s go in the order we learned as kids, ROYGBIV:

Red- red fruits and vegetables promote heart health.  Easy to remember because your heart is red!

Orange and Yellow- yellow and orange fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of certain cancers.  Bananas (would you classify the inside fruit as white or yellow?) increase our tryptophan levels.  Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, the mood-enhancing neurotransmitter.

Green- green fruits (mmm kiwi!) and veggies promote vision health.  Lack of vitamin A can cause poor vision so eating carrots which are rich in vitamin A can also help your vision by restoring these levels.

Blue, Indigo and Violet– fruits and veggies in shades of blue and purple may help memory retention.

All the colors (White)- white fruits and veggies often promote healthy cholesterol levels.

No color (Black or very dark)- many dark foods have health benefits.  Berries contain phytochemicals and flavonoids that help prevent some forms of cancer.  Cranberries and blueberries specifically can help to prevent urinary tract infections.  Dark chocolate has antioxidants that improve skin health to prevent wrinkles from UV damage.  Chocolate also causes the brain to release endorphins and can boost serotonin levels, improving your overall mood.

For ideas on how to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, Dole’s website has some fun ideas.

English: Fruit stall in a market in Barcelona,...

English: Fruit stall in a market in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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