Eat Right During National Nutrition Month

March 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme this year is “Eat Right with Color.” During National Nutrition Month, Americans are encouraged to add color and nutrients to their meals. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), a rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients, each with a different bundle of potential benefits for a healthful eating plan.

Brighten up your plate in every season with this quick color guide.

  • Green produce indicates antioxidant potential and may help promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risks.  Choose foods such as:  avocado, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwi, lime, artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens such as spinach.
  • Orange and deep yellow fruits and vegetables, such as apricot, cantaloupe, carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn and sweet potatoes, contain nutrients that promote healthy vision and immunity, and reduce the risk of some cancers.
  • Purple and blue options may have antioxidant and anti-aging benefits and may help with memory, urinary tract health and reduced cancer risks. Try blackberries, blueberries, plums, eggplant, and purple cabbage.
  • Red indicates produce that may help maintain a healthy heart, vision, and immunity, and may reduce cancer risks. Enjoy cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red and pink grapefruit, red grapes, beets, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarb and tomatoes.
  • White, tan and brown foods, such as bananas, dates, cauliflower, onions, and mushrooms sometimes contain nutrients that may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.

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