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Nutrition 101 ~ Colors for Health

This post is part of an ongoing series "Nutrition 101" in which we will be sharing information on nutrition that we find interesting. Hawaiian Energy Shotz was developed to provide hours of sustained energy with the cleanest form of nutrients to assure both short-term and long-term benefits to help you excel in your active, healthy lifestyle. Nutrition is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle that will help fuel your body, and your mind, for sustained energy on a day-to-day basis.

A diet rich in color is great for your health. All natural foods have a unique color, flavor and smell thanks to phytonutrients (also known as phytochemicals).  The phytonutrients protect plants from ultraviolet radiation and pests and provide us with the vitamins and minerals our bodies need.  Looking at the color will give you insight as to what element of health various foods are likely to support.

Thanks Integrative Nutrition and RawForBeauty.com for the Infographic

The common Food Colors and Their Beneficial Attributes

 White 

White, natural foods have a wide range of beneficial nutrients such as anthoxanthins, sulfur and quercetin - boosting the immune system because they are anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.  Examples of white foods: garlic, onions, cauliflower and daikon radish.

Green

Chlorophyll, a natural blood purifier that supports the liver and kidneys in the elimination of toxins, gives green foods their color.  In addition to many other nutrients, green foods contain high amounts of Vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting and building strong bones.  Examples of green foods: kale, broccoli, spinach, green beans and celery.

Yellow 

Foods that are yellow are rich in Vitamin C.  Vitamin C combats free radicals,  helping to reduce inflammation, preventing allergies and maintaining healthy skin. Yellow foods also contain citrus bioflavanoids which strengthens the collagen in your skin, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.  Examples of yellow foods:lemons, pineapples, yellow peppers and grapefruit.

Orange 

Orange foods are high in beta-carotene.  Our bodies transform into Vitamin A and antioxidants, aiding in the prevention of cancer, heart disease and infections by supporting an important part of the immune system - our mucous membranes. Beta-carotene also helps maintain healthy eyes and skin.  Examples of orange foods: carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, squash and oranges.

Red

Red foods are rich in the phytonutrients lycopene and anthocyanin.  These phytonutrients benefits the circulatory system by helping build healthy cell walls, improving blood pressure, organ function and circulation. Red foods also offer sun protection from harmful UV damage.  Examples of red foods: tomatoes, watermelon, beets and red bell peppers.

Purple 

Containing the most antioxidants of all the colors, purple foods contribute to overall health, disease preventionand longevity. Purple foods also raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol and help maintain a healthy brain.  Examples of purple/blue foods: blueberries, blackberries, eggplant and purple cabbage.

What's your favorite color?  

 

The information shared on the Hawaiian Energy Sports website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult a physician with medical concerns.

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