Phyto-nutrients creating the red, blue, and purple in fruits and vegetables, contain anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are part of the subgroup of plant compounds called flavanoids.
Another Phyto-nutrient... cartenoids, are from the yellows and orange colored fruits and vegetables. Our bodies can make vitamin A from beta-carotene - a principal cartenoid.
Collard greens, kale, peas, spinach, and romaine lettuce, and is the main cartenoid in the human retina. Another is lycopene, responsible for the red in tomatoes, which can also protect against malignant prostate cancer.
The color categories of Phyto-nutrients are...
Red-purple (and blue) : These foods contain anthocyanins : Acai berries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Eggplant, Plum, Prunes, Purple or red grapes, Red apples, Red cabbage, Red pepper, Strawberries.
Red : Red colored vegetables and fruits contain lycopene (a cancer fighting antioxidant) : Tomatoes, Watermelon.
Orange: These foods contain beta carotene : Apricot, Carrots, Cantaloupe, Mango, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin.
Orange-yellow : These foods are rich in beta cryptoxanthin (cell protecting anti-oxidant) : Yellow grapefruit, Papaya, Oranges, Pineapple, Peaches.
Yellow-green : These foods contain lutein and zeaxanthin : Green pepper, Spinach, Green peas, Avocado, Cucumbers (with skin), Mustard or turnip greens, Zucchini (with skin), Kiwi, Green beans.
Green : These foods contain isothiocyanates : Chinese cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts.
White-green : These foods are rich in flavanoids : Leeks, Asparagus, Garlic, Artichokes, Onions, Celery, Chives.
So NOW you can easily get more nutrients into your diet simply by getting an array of color on your plate... isn't that wonderful?
Dr Das Suman
New Age Entrepreneur