Color me Nutritious! Choose Multicolored Meals for More Benefits
Now that the holidays are over, are you looking for a fresh new perspective on healthy eating? Earlier this week Fox News Health Talk featured nutritionist and best-selling author Frances Largeman-Roth, whose recent book Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family may soon have you looking at what you eat in a whole new way.
In the book, Largeman-Roth talks about our tendency to focus too much on one thing or another when it comes to dieting and weight loss. For example, greens are great for weight loss, but don’t overdo it—the body needs variety for optimal nutrition. Likewise, instead of just counting calories or getting hung up on specific nutrients, it’s better to choose an assortment of healthy foods because each has its own nutritional benefit. That’s where color comes in.
A simple approach to healthy eating is to add more color to your plate, says Largeman-Roth. For example, red foods such as strawberries, radishes, beets, pomegranates and red onions are heart healthy and chock full of antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Oranges foods—think mangos, oranges, carrots, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes—are rich in beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A that supports immune health as well as skin and eye health.
To listen to the author and view a full list of food color families and their benefits, click here.
Basically, says Largeman-Roth, “Don’t eat monochromatically.” Her advice is to mix it up, go for variety on your plate, and opt for plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. It’s even a great way to get children interested and involved in healthy eating, and she encourages parents to teach kids about finding colors in nature and blending them for a lifetime of health benefits.