What the Colors in Fruits Mean to Your Body
Timeless Nutrition Tip
Red for Phytochemicals
Red brings the phytochemical lycopene in the form of tomatoes, red grapefruit, watermelon, and guava. These foods may help prevent hormone-related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer. They may also further reduce the risk of heart disease.
Orange for Beta Carotene
Orange contains beta-carotene in carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and papaya. These cholesterol-lowering foods act as antioxidants, combating free radicals in the body. Not only do they protect against cancer and heart disease, but they also reduce the risk of cataracts.
Yellow for Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Yellow contains lutein and zeaxanthin in yellow peppers, spaghetti, squash, and yellow zucchini. Health benefits include the prevention of skin, lung, breast, esophageal, and bladder cancer and they may lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration and slow the progression of heart disease.
Blue for More Phytochemicals
Blue is for blueberry, eggplant, and grapes, which all contain the phytochemical anthocyanin. It acts as an antioxidant, inhibits LDL cholesterol, and protects against heart disease.
Fruit Juices and Fruit Drinks
Fruit juices and juice drinks can be refreshing and are very good for you. They contain varying amounts of vitamins A and C, two vital nutrients. The percentage of juice has minimal effect on the nutrient value. All of the juice products available to us contain both water and sugar. Fruit juice has natural fructose, while fruit drinks have added sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup. Some fruit juices tend to be high in calories - watch labels! A notable difference between fruit juice and fruit drinks is that fruit juices contain other significant nutrients such as folate in orange.