Bright colors can be an instant mood booster, particularly the color yellow. This sunny hue represents happiness, joy and hope. When you seek out and consume yellow-colored foods, you nourish your body, mind and soul with many of Mother Nature’s health benefits.
Yellow fruits and vegetables are teeming with carotenoids and bioflavonoids, which represent a class of water soluble plant pigments that function as antioxidants. Along with antioxidants, sunny-colored foods also have an abundance of vitamin C. Studies suggest that these bountiful nutrients will help your heart, vision, digestion and immune system. Other benefits of naturally yellow foods include maintenance of healthy skin, wound healing, and stronger bones and teeth.
These bright-coloured fruits and vegetables contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene, which is vitamin A.
The nutrients help our bodies in many different ways, from our eyes to our bones:
- Aids in eye health and reduces the risk of macular degeneration of the eye
- Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol)
- Promotes healthy joints
- Promotes collagen formation
- Fights harmful free radicals in the body
- Encourages pH balance of the body
- Boosts immune system
- Builds healthier bones by working with calcium and magnesium
There are so many yellow fruits you can embrace such as:
- Ugli fruit
Just to name a few. Also, we can’t forget about veggies:
- Sweet potatoes
- Butternut, acorn and summer squash
- Orange and yellow peppers, and
- Yellow beets
Don’t forget about herbs like ginger that also share this colour. So as you can see, there is no shortage in the array of fruits and vegetables we can choose with these sunshine hues.
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