Let color be the guide for nutrition

Let color be the guide for nutrition

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:02 pm

As Spring color starts to brighten our landscape, remember to fill your plate with colorful and nutritious foods. The state Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans to “Eat Right with Color” during National Nutrition Month® this March by adding colorful fruits and vegetables to meals.

“Adding a splash of colorful fruits and vegetables to your plate makes for more than just a festive meal,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients, with each food contributing to a healthful eating plan.”

The theme for National Nutrition Month® 2011 is “Eat Right with Color.” Choose a variety of colors when shopping for seasonal fruits and vegetables, and remember the options available throughout the year with frozen or dried fruits and vegetables and 100 percent juice choices. Brighten up your plate in every season with this color guide from the American Dietetic Association:

Green produce indicates antioxidant potential and may promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risks.

• Fruits:  avocado, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwi, lime

• Vegetables:  artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers, leafy greens such as spinach

Orange and deep yellow fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that promote healthy vision and immunity and reduce the risk of some cancers.

• Fruits:  apricot, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango, oranges, peach, pineapple

• Vegetables:  carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn, sweet potatoes

Purple and blue options may have antioxidant and anti-aging benefits and may help with memory, urinary tract health and reduced cancer risks.

• Fruits:  blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins, grapes

• Vegetables:  eggplant, purple cabbage, purple-fleshed potato

Red indicates produce that may help maintain a healthy heart, vision, immunity and may reduce cancer risks.

• Fruits:  cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red or pink grapefruit, grapes, watermelon

• Vegetables:  beets, red onion, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarb and tomatoes

White, tan and brown foods may contain nutrients that may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.

• Fruits:  banana, brown pears, dates, white peaches

• Vegetables:  cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, turnips, potato, white cornNational Nutrition Month® is sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. 

For more ways to “Eat Right with Color,” visit the ADA website at www.eatright.org/nnm.   

wcp 3/15/11

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