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Healthy Eating for Seniors: Following the Color Diet

Are you eating foods that are good for you?

Maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle is one of the major challenges that seniors face today. Not all foods we think are healthy are good for you. Eating right means eating smart.  As we get older, we need to be more aware of the kinds of food that we consume. The color diet may help you with your choices.

Food color can help determine the nutrients you need!

The nutrients in the foods you choose are important considerations. You can often select a variety of foods by their colors. Make sure your diet is composed of all of the colors of the rainbow, well at least a few of them anyway.

  • Blue, Purple and Red: berries (raspberries, blueberries, plums, strawberries) are full of antioxidants that we hear so much about. They will help to keep your heart healthy and your brain functioning. We can all use an extra bit of that.
  • Dark Green: Broccoli and kale are part of this group. Broccoli is loaded with fiber and vitamin C, both essential to your body. An extra advantage of vitamin C is that it helps reduce the duration of a cold. Now that’s a good idea! Kale is even more nutritious than spinach. It will help with lowering the risk of cancer and helps with bone health. If you have osteoporosis, then eat more kale. It will not cure your bone density problem but it will help.
  • Yellow and Green: Leafy vegetables are included in this group. Lettuce has few calories (go easy on the dressing) and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It is a food group that adds fiber to your diet.
  • Orange: Don’t forget about carrots and sweet potatoes. Carrots are loaded with beta carotine which is transformed into vitamin A or retinol. It helps with vision and healthy skin.
  • Red: Tomatoes and watermelon  may help your body fight cancers. Tomatoes are full of antioxidants. All tomatoes will help with heart health.

Your plate should contain an abundance of all colors for healthy eating. The next time you have a full plate, make sure it has all of the rainbow colors for a healthy meal.

“You are what you eat.” –  a common adage that does ring true.

 


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