The vibrant colours of fruits and vegetables are not only nice to look at, they tell us how to help maintain health. Each is made up of a unique combination of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Fruits and vegetables are often divided into six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue/purple and white and each provides health benefits. Below is an overview.
- Red Fruits & Vegetables Include: Beets, Cherries, Cranberries, Pink grapefruit, pomegranates, radishes, red onions, rhubarb, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelon
- Green Fruits & Vegetables Include: Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocados, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Celery, Cucumbers, Green Apples, Green beans, Cabbage, Green grapes, Green onion, Green peppers, Honeydew, Kiwi, Leafy greens, Leeks, Limes, Peas, Spinich, and Zucchini
- Blue and Purple Fruits & Vegetables Include: Black currants, Blackberries, Blueberries, Plums, Eggplant, Elderberries, Grapes, Prunes, Purple cabbage, and Raisins.
- Yellow and Orange Fruits & Vegetables Include: Apricots, Butternut squash, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mangoes, Nectarines, Oranges, Papayas, Peaches, Pineapples, Pumpkin, Rutabagas, Sweet corn, Sweet potatoes, Tangerines, Yellow apples, Pears, Yellow peppers
- White Fruits & Vegetables Include: Bananas, Cauliflower, Dates, Garlic, Ginger, Mushrooms, Onions, Potatoes, Shallots, Turnips, White Corn, and White peaches.