America’s affinity for fast, quick, cheap eats has led people to the chip and cookie aisles — leading to a very “beige” diet that lacks so many of the nutrients our body needs.
The term “eat the rainbow” isn’t just a fun little saying (and it doesn’t refer to colorful candy … at least around here). There’s a reason it’s frequently said by nutritionists and health experts, and it can be said with one word: phytochemicals. These substances occur naturally only in plants and work together with antioxidants to provide what we need to fight various diseases and cancer. What better reason to consume a colorful diet than to improve our health?
Reasons (and Ways) to Eat the Rainbow
And if you find all the information out there a little overwhelming, this infographic from eReplacementParts breaks it down for you — covering the health benefits of eating different colored foods and which colors have which nutrients.
Challenge yourself to include one new fruit or veggie in your diet each week. You might be surprised how easy it is and, who knows, you might find a new favorite snack!
Do you find yourself struggling to “eat the rainbow?” Which colors do you find easy to eat enough of, and which ones are more challenging? —Erika