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.)

2 comments:

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...