Super foods are defined as foods that not only provide essential nutrients, but also deliver an added benefit that protects our health. Whether it's a carotenoid, polyphenol or anthocyanin guarding us, research shows many of these foods have one thing in common. They contain tannins which give them their unique colors. Each color is known to provide one or more beneficial phytonutrient that prevents disease. It is no wonder dietitians consistently encourage the consumption of fruit and vegetables with the colors of the rainbow.
Making it simple
Repeated studies for years have proven that people who eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, of various colors, are healthier and live longer. This situation is similar to adding fertilizer to your lawn. The lawn grows greener, stronger and more resistant to disease. Fall in the Midwest brings us a harvest of wonderful super foods. Take advantage of this bounty while protecting yourself and your loved ones from disease. Eating more than five servings of fruits and vegetables of different colors every day will indeed protect you from disease, and it should help keep your weight in check, as well!