Food Recommendations - Based on Color (Courtesy: Vitamix)

By: Esther Vasa

Make sure you get from each category everyday... You may be doing yourself a favor by eating thus:

Red Group: Included in the red group are tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon. These fruits contain the phytonutrient lycopene, which may prevent heart disease, lung disease and prostate cancer.

Red/Purple Group: Grapes, red wine, grape juice, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and red apples are part of the red/purple group. These foods contain anthocyanins, an antioxidant that appears to protect against heart disease by inhibiting blood-clot formation.

Orange Group: Included in the orange group are carrots, mangoes, apricots, cantaloupes, pumpkin, acorn squash, winter squash and sweet potatoes. All high in alpha and betacarotene, these foods may prevent cancer by blocking cell damage caused by oxidation.

Orange/Yellow Group: This group targets the prevention of heart disease and includes the nutrient beta cryptothanxin. Included in the orange/yellow group is orange juice, papayas, tangerines, peaches, oranges and nectarines.

Yellow/Green Group: Here’s the group that includes spinach, mustard greens, turnips, collard greens, yellow corn, green peas, avocado and honeydew melon. Because these are the whole foods that contain lutein and zeaxanthin which target the eyes, they may help prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

The Green Group: This group includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage and kale. These foods contain sulforaphanes, isothiocyanates and indoles which speed up the action of enzymes that break down carcinogens in the body.

The White/Green Group: White wine, garlic, onions, celery, pears and chives are rich in flavonoids. Plants in the onion family also contain allicin, which appears to deter the growth of tumors.