Mom always said, “Eat your vegetables.” But did you know that eating a rainbow of naturally colored fruits and vegetables ensures a more diverse intake of vitamins and minerals?
Vitamins are important for functions such as cell repair. Minerals produce hormones and regulate body processes, such as maintaining a regular heartbeat. People who eat more fruits and vegetables are healthier and may reduce their risk of chronic diseases — including stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and perhaps high blood pressure and heart disease.
While you can get your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals from supplements, a better way is to fill your plate with yellow, orange, red and purple produce:
- Yellow fruits and vegetables contain vitamins A, C and E, magnesium and potassium. The most nutrition-packed choices in this group are winter squash and grapefruit.
- Orange fruits and vegetables contain vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The healthiest orange produce is carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and oranges.
- Red and purple fruits and vegetables contain vitamins A and C, iron, selenium and potassium. Tomatoes, red peppers and strawberries are your best bet here.
In addition, greenfruits and vegetables contain vitamins A, B, C, E and K, calcium, magnesium, selenium and potassium. Go to www.lcmmedicalgroup.org to find a primary care provider today.