Posts Tagged ‘phytochemicals’

The Color Diet

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

For years, we’ve been told to plan our daily diet by thinking food groups and calories. Now we’re told to choose by color. ”Orange and green, definitely, we should have something from these groups every day,” Lilan Cheung, director of health promotion and communication with the Harvard School of Public Health, told an AP reporter. “Purple or blue, dark green and orange. Reds don’t need to be part of the daily diet mix but they should be eaten frequently.” Turns out the disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants we hear so much about are often natural plant pigments — the carotenoids that make carrots orange, for example, or the anthocyanins that give beets their lipstick hues.