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Eating all the colors of the rainbow: a list of foods, their colors and their benefits

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Iíve heard the benefits of getting a varied diet and of eating foods from all the colors of the rainbow. I put together information about each color and a list of foods of each color for my own purposes, but thought it might help you too.

The information for the colors applies to light, clothing, etc. as well as food, for everything except vitamins & other nutritional information. Obviously wearing a red shirt isnít going to get you any lycopenes, but it is definitely stimulating and exciting!

Enjoy!

Trillian

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RED
Red, the most physical and sensual of the colors, vibrates the most slowly and has the longest wavelength in the visible spectrum. Red is stimulating, hot (yang), and exciting; it is associated with vitality, strength, passion and willpower.

Red stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. It can be used to treat anemia, colds, low blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, weakness and depression. It helps one feel present and grounded. Use red when feeling run down, to improve athletic performance, and when quick energy bursts are required. A study done on athletes at the University of Texas indicated that viewing red light increased strength by 13.5 percent and produced 5.8 percent more electrical muscle activity.

When red is present in food, it often denotes ripeness or sweetness, as well as the presence of lycopenes, quercetin, and Vitamin C. Because red is so energizing, it should be avoided in decorating eating areas, as it makes diners feel hurried. In packaging, however, red is attention getting and highly visible, so you'll find it often on supermarket shelves

May reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. May reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and complications from diabetes. May help control high blood pressure and slow some effects of aging.

Red is an energetic frequency found to stimulate physicality. Red fruits and vegetables promote health of the adreanals, gonads, colon, legs and red blood cells. Red fruits and vegetables also contain powerful phyto-chemicals such as lycopene and anthocyanins which are essential for the circulatory system.

Cayenne
Cherries
Cranberries
Dulse (seaweed)
Goji Berries
Guava
Hibiscus Flowers
Kidney beans
Pink beans
Pink Grapefruit
Pomegranite
Radishes
Red Apples
Red apples
Red Cabbages
Red Corn
Red Currants
Red Peppers
Red Plums
Red Tomatoes
Rhubarb
Rose Hips
Strawberries
Watermelon
Whole Wheat


ORANGE
Orange is the blending of red (physical action) with yellow (wisdom). It symbolizes enthusiasm, outgoingness, optimism, confidence, joyfulness, and courage.

Orange can lift spirits, foster humor, and loosen repression. Orange is associated with the sexual center, skin, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and bronchial tubes. Use orange to help relieve asthma, bronchitis, constipation, diarrhea, gas, hemorrhoids, and hypoglycemia.

In plant foods, orange is often an indicator of high carotene content. Being a social color, orange is useful for decorative highlights in places where people gather, such as family rooms. Fast-food restaurants use orange to attract lots of people without encouraging them to linger.

May reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Helps maintain good vision and strengthens the immune system. May strengthen bones and teeth, help the body heal wounds, keep skin healthy and maintain eyesight.

Orange is the color of passion, optimism and tolerance. Orange colored fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and cartenoids. Orange fruits and vegetables are vital for maintaining healthy reproductive and neuro/endocrine systems.

Almonds
Apricot
Butternut Squash
Cantaloupe
Coriander
Kumquat
Mangoes
Nectarines
Orange Carrot
Orange Marigold Flowers
Orange Peppers
Orange Tomatoes
Oranges
Papayas
Paprika
Peaches
Persimmons
Pumpkin
Sweet Potatoes
Tangerines
Walnuts
Winter Squash


YELLOW
Yellow is warm (yang) and is associated with things sunny, cheerful, joyous, optimistic, practical, confident, and illuminating. It is also associated with wisdom, knowledge, logic and the mind.

Yellow is used to benefit the adrenal glands, gallbladder, liver, muscles, nervous system, pancreas, and stomach. Illnesses that can be treated with yellow are allergies, arthritis, asthma, constipation, coughs, depression, diabetes, eczema, gallstones, gas, hiatal hernia, hypothyroidism, indigestion, lymphatic congestion, motion sickness, and obesity. Yellow is a nerve stimulant; it can be helpful with depression, fear, and tension, and can soothe mental exhaustion.

Yellow in food often indicates the presence of lutein, magnesium, and Vitamin C and limonene. Because it is a sharpening color that enhances alertness, concentration, communication, and focus, you will often find yellow on food packaging.

May reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. May strengthen bones and teeth, help the body heal wounds, keep skin healthy and maintain eyesight.

Yellow is happy, warm radiant and represents the Solar Plexus. Yellow whole foods are loaded with many antioxidants and phytochemicals which help promote healthy function of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas as well as other vital organs and the nervous system.

Anise Seed
Bamboo Shoots
Bananas
Chamomile
Cinnamon
Corn
Dill
Evening Primrose Flowers
Garbanzo beans
Golden Apples
Golden Flax Seed
Golden Raisins
Grapefruit
Honey
Lemongrass
Lemons
Nuts
Parsnips
Pears
Pineapple
Saffron
Spaghetti Squash
Squash Blossoms
Vegetable Oils
White Carrot
Whole Grains
Yams
Yellow beans
Yellow Marigold Flowers
Yellow Peppers
Yellow Raspberry
Yellow summer squash
Yellow Tomatillo
Yellow Tomatoes
Yellow Wax Beans
Yellow Zucchini


GREEN
Green is made by combining yellow (wisdom) with blue (spirituality). Being in the middle of the color spectrum, it is neither hot nor cold. Green is the color of the heart center, healing, balance, compassion, love, transformation, growth, generosity, and peace.

Green is rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory. Green can help calm anger and improve memory, paranoia, and nervous exhaustion. It affects the lungs, heart, thymus gland, and immune system. Use green for backaches, heart trouble, immune disorders, lupus, allergies, head colds, shock, and trauma, and to lower blood pressure.

Green in plants signifies the presence of chlorophyll. We see green as clean, crisp, and refreshing, and so is often used to market cleaning products.

Helps maintain eyesight and may reduce the risk of vision problems common later in life. May reduce the risk of cancer and help the body get rid of cancer-causing chemicals.

Green is considered a healing color and is associated with the heart. Green fruits and vegetables contain phyto-chemicals such as luteins and indoles which are good for the heart. They are also high in fiber and promote a healthy digestive system.

Alfalfa
Asparagus
Avocados
Beet Greens
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cactus (Nopales)
Celery
Chives
Collard Greens
Comfrey
Cucumber
Dandelion Greens
Edamame
Fennel
Green Beans
Green beans (e.g. green Lima)
Green Cauliflower
Green Eggplant
Green grapes
Green Olives
Green Peppers
Green Tomatoes (green when ripe)
Green Zucchini
Honeydew
Kale
Kiwi
Leafy green vegetables
Lettuce
Limes
Mint
Nettles
Okra
Opo
Oregano
Parsley
Peas
Pumpkin Seeds
Rosemary
Sinqua
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Tarragon
Tomatillo
Wasabi
Wheatgrass


BLUE
Blue is cool (yin), crisp, clean, and refreshing. Blue is associated with spirituality, serenity, truth, communication, revelation, trust, and faith. Its effect is calming and instills gentleness and composure. Blue can be used to counteract violence, restlessness, agitation, hyperactivity, violence, and insomnia.

Being a counterirritant, blue is the color of choice to soothe pain and suffering. It causes the brain to secrete tranquilizing chemicals. Blue can be used to lower blood pressure, pulse rate, and brain wave activity, and to quiet menstrual cramps. Use blue for a fever, sore throat, ear infection, toothaches, bee stings, hyperthyroid, colic, burns, itches, and rashes. It is also used in hospital neonatal wards to facilitate the breakdown of biliruben in jaundiced babies.

Blue foods are often rich in flavonoids. Blue is not always a good color for decorating a social area due to its quieting, cooling effect.

May reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and complications from diabetes. May help control high blood pressure and slow some effects of aging.

Blue is the color of enthusiasms, expression and loyalty. Blue fruits and vegetables are believed to have many anti-aging benefits and contain vast amounts of health promoting phytochemicals such as anthocyanins and phoenolics which are beneficial to the muscular and skeletal systems.

Blue grapes
Blue potatoes
Blueberry
Borage Flowers
Catnip
Cauliflower
Chicory Flowers
Blue Corn
Hyssop
Juniper Berries
Kelp (seaweed)
Pansy Flowers
Purple Broccoli
Purple Carrot


INDIGO
Indigo, a regal, dark blue-violet, is cool (yin) and claming. It is associated with our psychic awareness, intuition, and memory.

Indigo is soothing and antiseptic. It can help balance fear, frustration, and negative emotions; it helps one to be less aware of pain yet fully conscious. Use indigo for pain, poor motor skills, posture, menstrual irregularities, hair loss, and eye and ear disorders.

In foods, indigo appears as a blue with a black overtone, as in black beans, blackberries, or plums. Indigo foods are often good sources of Vitamin K and lycopene.

Indigo is inspiration, imagination and peace of mind. Similar to blue, indigo fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants and phyto-chemicals which help promote healthy function of the brain, pituitary gland, sinus, vocal cords and the lungs, as well as boosting the immune and respiratory systems.

Black Beans
Black Cherries
Black Currants
Black Olives
Black Raspberry
Black Soybeans
Blackberry
Boysenberries
Plums
Prunes
Raisins
Tamari (soy sauce)
Vanilla Beans
Violet Flowers


VIOLET
Violet is a mix of blue (spirituality) and red (passion), is considered regal, dignified, and exclusive. It is cooling (yin), cleansing, antiseptic, soothing, and narcotic. Violet symbolizes creative imagination and spiritual attainment, and corresponds to psychic protection, artistry, and mystery. It correlates to cosmic consciousness; with violet, we can be more open to divine power.

Violet helps normalize hormonal activity, curb appetite, and regulate metabolism. It is said to be more sexually stimulating to women. Use violet to treat migraines, epilepsy, parasites, dandruff, and baldness, to soothe serious mental conditions, and to relive the side effects of chemotherapy.

Violet foods are rich in Vitamin D.

Violet is a higher frequency of color associated with universal love, selflessness and understanding. Violet whole foods tend to contain essential phyto-chemicals and fatty acids which are beneficial for the cerebral cortex, pineal glad, hypothalamus and upper brain function, as well as the lymphatic system.

Basil Flowers
Black Tomatoes
Dulse (seaweed)
Elderberries
Kohlrabi
Lavender
Marjoram
Mint Flowers
Mulberries
Passionflower
Passonifruit
Purple (Red) Onions
Purple Cabbage
Purple Eggplant
Purple Grapes
Purple Green Beans
Purple Peppers
Purple Plums
Rosemary Flowers
Sage Flowers
Thyme Flowers


BLACK
Black foods are associated with the kidneys and bladder in Asian medicine. Foods that are black in color are usually rich in minerals.

Black Beans
Black Flax Seed
Black Quinoa
Black Sesame Seeds
Seaweeds
Wild Rice


WHITE
White is associated with the top of the color spectrum (crown chakra) and, in Asian medicine, with strengthening to the lungs and large intestines. White foods are often rich in sulfur and quercetin.

May reduce the risk of cancer and help the body get rid of cancer-causing chemicals.

Buckwheat
Cauliflower
Chermoya
Coconut
Garlic
Green Onions / Scallions
Horseradish
Jicama
Millet
Mushrooms
Quinoa
Shallot
Sunflower Seeds
Tofu
Turnip
White beans
White Corn
White Eggplant
White Onions
White Radishes
White Sesame Seeds
White Tomatoes
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DAYSPRING-STAR 6/19/2013 11:29AM

    Great list of the rainbow of foods!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 5/16/2013 2:25PM

    This is so helpful. I am having the hardest time eating blue and purple other than blueberries and blackberries!

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SOMKHE 7/17/2012 3:08PM

    Thank you emoticon

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RICHILA 4/21/2012 10:31AM

    Thank you! I really enjoyed reading this!

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MISHKA1980 7/22/2011 10:28AM

  Thanks for your research!

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BOHOBONFIRE 1/27/2011 4:49PM

    So I found this post because I had been surfing around on spark and suddenly thought to myself "You know, I wonder if there is a list of foods grouped by color out there..." because I like to guide my eating in a more intuitive fashion, and eat for nutrition more so than calorie count. So, I left spark and in a separate tab I googled for "list of foods by color" and your blog post was the very first result to come up on google! Lol....I thought that was pretty funny that I ended up right back at spark again.

Thanks a lot for this list! It's actually even more comprehensive than I was hoping to find :)

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SQUIRTZIE 8/7/2008 12:43PM

    Very interesting

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DRAKON9 8/5/2008 11:01PM

    Interesting reading.

Thank you for sharing!

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