I know you usually see the phrase “Go Green” these days, but I thought I would talk about something different with Valentine’s Day approaching. People are focused on chocolate, which is fine in moderation. But if you are like most people, it’s not that easy eating rich, delicious chocolate in moderation.
So, I decided to talk about some delicious red foods you can incorporate into your diets, providing the health benefits of each. With a little imagination, you can really do a lot with them. But for now, this is just a primer on the benefits of some of my favorite red fruits and vegetables:
Strawberries – contain high levels vitamin C, are plentiful in antioxidants that help to fight various types of cancers, and small amounts of vitamin K, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and trace amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
Beets – contain cancer prevention agents and are full of iron. In addition, beets are rich in sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosperous. Beets are also a great source of fiber and also contain vitamins A and C.
Watermelon – is full of beta carotene, which helps fight against heart disease, cancer, and other health conditions. Watermelon is particularly helpful in fighting breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and provides excellent protection against strokes as well as reduces the risk of developing kidney stones.
Red Swiss Chard – is a member of the beet family and provides many of the same benefits as eating beets. It is full of fiber, low in calories, and rich in calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.
Raspberries – like other red vegetables and fruits provide an excellent barrier to cancer causing agents. They are rich in vitamin C, iron, and potassium.
Red Carrots – are one of those things that most people don’t know about. Carrots actually come in six different colors (orange, red, black, purple, black, and white), though most of them are difficult to find. With a little effort, you should be able to find the red carrots in specialty markets or at a local farm. These carrots help to protect against cancers, have strong regenerative effects. If you'd like to see how these different colored carrots might look, look at this Web site: www.healthmad.com
Tomatoes – have compounds that help prevent cancer, cataracts, heart disease, and help fight cardio vascular disease. They also are rich in vitamins A and C as well as potassium.
Of course this is just a sampling. There are plenty of other wonderful red fruits and vegetables. Take some time and look around the produce section the next time you go shopping. You might be surprised at what you find.