Wednesday, February 22, 2012

10 foods in RED

Eating foods in different colors helps to give you a variety of vitamins and minerals. Eating in a variety of colors helps reduce diabetes type II, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. Red foods are color by a natural plant pigment called "lycopene" or "anthocyanins".
You can find lycopenes in tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit. Lycopene may help reduce the risk of several types of cancer, especially prostate cancer. When cooked, like tomato sauce in spaghetti, and absorbed with a small amount of fat, lycopene is absorbed better than when consuming raw tomatoes.
Anthocyanins, found in strawberries, raspberries, red grapes, and other fruits and vegetables, acts as powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage. Antioxidants are important for heart health as well.

Here are some examples of red food:
  • red apples
  • watermelons
  • beets
  • tomatoes
  • red cabbage
  • cherries
  • strawberries
  • cranberries
  • raspberries
  • red grapes
  • red peppers
  • pink grapefruit
  • pomegrante
  • red potatoes
  • rhubarb
  • red onion
The American Heart Association has an article about 10 foods and red. You can find it here. The best part about all these red foods? They are gluten-free!

So, which red food are you going to eat today?

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