Hi I’m Candy Cumming a Dietician with Sharp Healthcare, and today we’re going to talk about why you need color in your diet. Where do we get the colors? Fruits and vegetables and those beans provide all the colors we need. And why do we need them? They are chock full of antioxidants. And what do they do? They build your immune system; they help protect you from heart disease, cancer, strokes, and also macro nuclear degeneration, a form of blindness that affects older people. In addition the fruits and vegetables are loaded with potassium. And that’s one of the biggest blood pressure protectors out there in nature. And also in addition to the potassium that’s in the fruits and vegetables, there’s lots of boron, helps build your bones. So between your immunity, heart disease, cancer, prevention of strokes fruits and vegetables are laden with antioxidants. If you get a multiple vitamin that says contain antioxidants, it may contain one or two.
But looking at what we have here, this has hundreds, if not thousands of antioxidants that you need to protect your body from disease and to build your immunity. So how do you do that? In any given week you want to make sure you collect a rainbow of color, by having the reds, the orange, the yellows, the greens, the blues and the violets. And if you eat a rainbow, frequently you’ll get all the antioxidants you need. You’ll get the potassium and you’ll get all the things that help protect you. So now you know how to get all the colors and the antioxidants in your diet. Make sure you eat a rainbow every week..