Published in March 2011
Fruit and Vegetable Color Groups
- Red:Provides lycopene, which may help prevent lung and prostate cancers, andantioxidants that may help prevent heart disease.
- Purple:Provides anthocyanins, which may help prevent heart disease and lower the risk ofcancer.
- Green:Provides lutein, which may reduce the risk of stroke and protect eyes against macular degeneration.
- Orange:Provides beta carotene, which may help prevent some cancers, reduce the risk of heart disease, and improve immune function.
- White:Provides anthoxanthins and allicin, which can help lower blood pressure and protect against stomach cancers.Top picks: bananas, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, turnips.
The Bottom Line
Choose at least one item from three different produce color groups daily to maximize the benefits of the fruit and veggies you eat. Stop counting 5-a-day and focus on 3-a-day instead!
So how much fruit and veggies should you be eating? An adult female should eat 2.5-3 servings of veggies and 1.5-2 servings of fruits, while an adult male should eat 3-4 servings of veggies and 2-2.5 servings of fruit. A serving amounts to one cup of raw fruit, one cup of cooked veggies, or two cups of raw veggies - so it's not as simple as it may seem.
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