Colors for Healthy Grocery Store Shopping

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Getting healthy starts with you shopping at your grocery store. Your food choices will either help you or harm you. Make it easy; follow these simple color tips and you will turn your kitchen into a pharmacy.

Green Foods: Rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, C and E, fiber, folic acid and chlorophyll; leafy greens are great for purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system.

Red Foods: Full of lycopene, a potent antioxidant found in foods like tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, apricots, pink grapefruit and blood oranges. Scientific studies show that lycopene helps prevent prostate, lung and stomach cancer.

Orange Foods: Good for your eyes and full of beta-carotene, which scavenges free radicals in your body—limiting the damage to your cells and DNA. Found in foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe and mangos.

Yellow Foods: Lutein-rich foods are great for your eyes, skin and heart.

White Foods: Known for reducing blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Garlic, ginger and onions have antiviral and antibacterial phytochemicals so they can be used as natural antibiotics.

Blue and Purple Foods: Contain antioxidant anthocyanin and packed with phytochemicals; prevent early signs of aging and heart disease; found in eggplants, purple cabbage, grapes, blueberries, plums and figs.

*Article written by Susan Edwards and Monica Sanchez (certified HHC Holistic Health Coaches) and published in 2014 The Challenge Magazine.

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