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Why Should You Eat the Rainbow?

Posted by Terra's Kitchen on Tue, Feb 28, '17

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You probably learned this mnemonic device in elementary school as a way to remember the order of the rainbow. Today’s lesson features food, which comes in all colors, each with its own nutritional value. Don’t worry, we won’t give you a pop quiz at the end! ;)

Red Food

Examples: Tomatoes, Watermelon, Strawberries, Peppers, Cherries, Raspberries, Cranberries

Nutritional Value: Red foods contain lycopene, which has antioxidants that help prevent cancer. They also contain beta carotene and Vitamin A, which help with skin, vision and mucus membrane health.

Orange/Yellow Food

Examples: Carrots, Oranges, Tangerines, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Mangos, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Peppers, Pumpkin, Nectarines, Bananas, Pineapples

Nutritional Value: Orange and yellow foods contain high Vitamin C levels which help boost your immune system, promote collagen formation (rebuilds the skin) and aid cardiovascular health. They also contain high amounts of carotene and Vitamin A which both help restore vision.

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Green Food

Examples: Broccoli, Kale, Avocado, Green beans, Peppers, Kiwi, Spinach, Arugula, Cabbage, Asparagus, Collards, Grapes

Nutritional Value: Dark greens are rich in antioxidants which remove free radicals from the body before they become harmful. They are also rich in fiber and Vitamins C and K.

Blue/Purple Food

Examples: Blueberries, Cherries, Grapes, Plums, Purple Cabbage, Dark Chocolate, Red Wine

Nutritional Value: Purple and Blue foods are high in flavonoids which help maintain proper brain function and blood flow. They also contain anthocyanin which aid in preventing cancers.


Eat the Rainbow with Terra’s Kitchen colorful foods! You’ll be sure to find a full rainbow of foods on our menu!

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Topics: Food Philosophy, The Food Dr.