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Eating by colors: The darker the food, the better it is for you

Jul 25, 2012, 8:23 a.m.

One shortcut to selecting foods for good health is to start choosing foods that have great colors. There is proof that the darker the food, the better it is for you. Some of these best health foods have achieved the status of being included in a list of "superfoods" that are especially beneficial. In addition, a pretty looking meal is visually satisfying and can pick up your mood a little just by its good looks.

Many superfoods, such as blueberries and pomegranates are very dark in color. Superfoods are loaded with nutrients and elements that can act as antioxidants to help ward off diseases. Here's a short list of darker foods that are known to be beneficial for your health, according to WebMD.com:

Blueberries

Eggplant

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Pomegranate

Spinach

Kale

Black Beans

Lentils

Cherries

Black raspberries

Strawberries

Black Soybeans

Seaweed

Grapes -- purple, red, blue

Nuts

Sweet Potatoes

Oranges

Carrots

Tea -- Green

Whole Grain foods

Fish -- Salmon

Colorful foods for good health are loaded with phytochemicals and are rich with micro-nutrients your body needs for optimum health. Antioxidants work to fight inflammation and block cellular damage that may lead to cancer. Vitamins A, B6, C, D and E, calcium, selenium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, resveratrol, and plant sterols are easily absorbed by the body. Planning your meals can become a fun occasion, as you can even color-coordinate meals by using your palette of colorful foods.

Eating by colors, choosing darker foods, is far better for you than trying to get the same results from expensive supplements. These foods are naturally balanced and come in a form highly acceptable to the body for use. You are way less likely to overdose any particular vitamin or mineral when you are seeking those from natural foods. Food nutrients do not interfere with natural body functions, such as absorption of zinc, a problem associated with intake of too much iron supplement.

The best health foods are easy to spot in the grocery produce aisle. Look for the most colorful selections, and remember that the darker the food, the better it is for you. Be a food designer; paint yourself a healthy future with a beautiful assortment of naturally healthy foods.

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