When most people think of Eating the Rainbow or eating by color, they think of the bright, vibrant hues. Susan shared her love of green; Karen declared that red was the best and sexiest color around; and Kristen was simply smitten with orange. (See all their posts for Eat the Rainbow Week here.) But, guys, I think you forgot one …
Yes, white is a color, and it’s a deliciously healthy one at that. Years ago the color “white” (and brown) got a bad rap by many diet books because it was the color of grains, sugar and processed foods. (Although, you know how we feel about those … ) But, what about the clean, natural and whole white foods? The ones that come from Mother Nature? It’s those white foods that I think are the total underdog of the whole superfoods category.
No white foods coming to mind? No worries, I put together a cheat-sheet of 10 white foods that are simply awesome — and a quick fact or two on why each one rocks.
10 White Foods to Nosh On
- Cauliflower. An excellent source of folate, vitamin C and vitamin K.
- Garlic. Has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Potatoes. High in vitamin C.
- Coconut. Includes medium-chain fatty acids that may help with fat loss and boost your immunity.
- Mushrooms. Boost both selenium and vitamin D.
- Cabbage. Hello, fiber! Especially great when fermented as sauerkraut — hello, good bacteria!
- Onions. Have lots of chromium in ’em.
- Turnips. Rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium. Great in puns.
- White beans. Detoxifying and rank low on the glycemic index.
- Parsnips. Contain a high concentration of folate.
What’s your favorite healthy white food? And anyone else have this song stuck in their head now? —Jenn