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Judging Food By Its Color

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It's springtime, and planting season.  Farmers across the country are seeding, sowing and tilling the land, which means more fresh and colorful  produce at grocery stores and outdoor markets this summer.

Blues, purple, red, orange, yellow, even white.  Every single color tells the story about the health benefits of every fruit or vegetable. Nutritionists say when it comes to summer produce it's a cornucopia of colors.  The more color you add,  the healthier the meal. Each color signifies an array of certain antioxidants within the food and those antioxidants have certain health benefits. 
So what are the benefits of certain colors?
* Purple produce like red cabbage, plums and concord grapes contain anthyocyanin, that's known to cut the risk of  some cancers, diabetes and heart attacks.  
* Red items such as tomatoes are filled with lycopene it's an antioxidant that according to certain studies lowers the risk of certain types of  prostate, lung and stomach cancers.  
* Yellow vegetables means they are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which are important for eye health. 
* Blue produce like eggplants and blueberries contain nutrients shown to lower bad cholesterol and boost the immune system.
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