Tuesday, August 08, 2006

OK--will colors float your veggie boat?

…We have discussed how some veggies are a little bitter and need some strategic enhancements if we are to down our 1,300 servings a day.

…Since 2002, UCLA has been pushing the Color Wheel of Health. This is a way of eating plant matter by color.

…It’s the pigments that contain a lot of the nutrients (phytochemicals). The theory goes that the richer the colors, the more disease-fighting properties.

…Here are the color groups. Red: tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit.

…Red-purple: strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, grapes.

…Orange: carrots, pumpkin, winter squash, apricots, cantaloupe.

…Orange-yellow: citrus, peaches, papayas, pineapple, nectarines.

…Green: broc, Brussels, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, watercress.

…Yellow-green: Collard greens, spinach, mustard and turnip greens, avocado, green peas, green beans, honeydew.

…White-green: garlic, inions, shallots, leeks, chives.

….Eat bright to eat right! (Hey, HA just made that up.)


Bill Thomasson said...

Cauliflower is green? Strawberries are the same color as blueberries, not like tomotoes at all? Either they're cheating somewhere or my eyes are even worse than I thought.

Star said...

Probably cheating...Anyone who would color code veggies...well...