By Lindsay Keach Bronstein, RD
Did you know that fruits, vegetables and beans get their brilliant colors from vitamins and phytonutrients? These pigments help to protect the plants and are also powerful health promoters and disease fighters for us. Clients often ask me how they can be sure that they are meeting all of their nutritional needs, and often one of the first and easiest places to look is for color on their plate. Because each color represents a different set of nutritional benefits, you can be sure that you’re getting the full spectrum of micronutrients and antioxidants by including a rainbow of plant foods in your diet throughout each day and week – no food logging required! In this case, white vegetables like garlic, onions, and ginger also count (but white bread, rice and skittles do not!). A simple place to start is to include at least two different colored vegetables with lunch and dinner, and include a richly colored salad or soup daily. When you’re at the market, try to choose something from each color in the rainbow to put in your cart.
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