If you follow the idea that the more colorful of food you eat, the healthier you are going to be, then you follow the rainbow diet. This includes produce that are red, orange, yellow, green, and purple/blue.
Each color grouping gives you different nutrients, which is why the variety is so important. Red foods provide your body with antioxidants, which can help you stay healthier and reduce your risks of cancer.
What Red Produce Can Offer:
The main reason red produce is red is thanks to a carotenoid called lycopene. This antioxidant is very powerful, and has been shown to offer many health benefits. You can get a reduced rate of heart attack, a lower rate of developing cancer, and even reduced inflammation all over your body.
To get the most out of lycopene, it should be heated, not simply eaten raw, as heat tends to make it more active and allows your body to absorb it more quickly.
Types of Red Produce You Should Be Eating Regularly:
Apples are good for red produce, so long as you eat their skins. Tomatoes are another red produce that you can eat on a daily basis.
Watermelon and cranberries are also great foods to try and add into your daily diet. Eating regular tomato-based products that have been heated or canned is a great way to ensure you are getting a lot of lycopene into your diet to protect your health.
Your mouth benefits from lycopene by reducing the inflammation common to mouths, and by lowering the risk that you will develop cancer of the oral tissues.
Make sure that when you eat that rainbow of colors, that red is one that you eat something for each day. To find out more benefits of eating a well-balanced diet, contact Dr. Patty Martin at Stone Creek Dental Care in Walla Walla today at 509-525-5902.