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On Eat Right Overload?

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Ever feel you are on overload from trying to eat right? There is so much information, and so many chemicals, nutrients, food guides etc., that this issue can be overwhelming.

On eat right overload?

Recently, something called the "Rainbow Plan" has been introduced in attempts to help people sift through all the confusion. This guide is called the "Rainbow Plan" because many components that appear to fight disease in your body, are also pigments that give color to fruits and vegetables.

By choosing one food every day from various colors, you wil be much more likely to take advantage of all the new discoveries without keeping a list of chemicals in your head. Following are the colors and what disease-fighting nutrients they contain.

The Colors of Food

RED: Tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, guava.
Nutrients: Lycopene. Benefits: Prostate cancer fighters

Red/Purple. Grapes, grape juice, prunes, apples, cranberries, blackberries and strawberries.
Nutrients: Flavonoids. Benefits: Clot busters; may prevent heart disease.

Orange. Sweet potatoes, mangoes, carrots, apricots, cantaloupe and pumpkin.
Nutrients: Cryptoxanthin Benefits: Cancer fighters.

Fruit Ingredients Yellow/Green. Spinach, yellow corn, green peas, avocados and honeydew melon.
Nutrients: Lutein and zeaxanthin. Benefits: Protect retinas from age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Green. Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
Nutrients: Sulforaphane. Benefits: Cancer fighters.

White/Green. Garlic, onions, endive and chives.
Nutrients: Organosulfides, flavonoids. Benefits: Cancer fighters; clot busters.

Blue/Purple. Blueberries.
Nutrients: Anthocyanins, antioxidants. Benefits: Cancer fighters, possible brain boosters.

Quick Helping Hint: Double up on carrots, yams, etc. You absorb only half of the beta carotene once thought, experts now say.

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