Healthy Eating: Cracking the color code

08.06.2011                      6.Siwan, 5771                      Schawuot 1

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Healthy Eating: Cracking the color code

Find out what each different shade says about your fruit and vegetable nutritional content.

With the launch of the iphone, android phone as well as other portable devices that can instantly connect to the Internet, it is more than easy to find out nutritional information on different fruits and vegetables while browsing the produce aisle at your local grocery store. However, wouldn’t it be nice to not have to look everything up? To just know which fruits are high in Vitamin C or which vegetables are rich in certain minerals and abundant in cancer fighting antioxidants? With 13 different vitamins, 21 essential minerals, and countless antioxidants (with complicated, unpronounceable names), it certainly would be. And now there is a way – the color of fruits and vegetables can actually give you a clue as to which nutrients lie within. 
But before diving into what color groups are high in certain minerals, vitamins and other health beneficial nutrients, have you ever wondered what gives fruits and vegetables their eye popping hues? Why carrots are orange, why broccoli and spinach are green or why blueberries are blue? 
The answer: Phytochemicals – the chemicals responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their bright pigmentations. However, these phytochemicals do more than just turn fruits and vegetables different shades of the rainbow; they actually protect the plants from the sun, from different diseases and from other external threats and now research has shown that they can also help to protect you….