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Posted April 2, 2012 | 1 Comment
Eating fruits and vegetables for beauty?
You may have recently heard on the news about a study showing the correlation between eating fruits and vegetables and a more radiantly toned complexion. So is this true or false?
Well don't go eating bushels of fruits and vegetables expecting to have instant skin tone changes, but there are many benefits to eating colorful fruits and veggies; some even boosting the resiliency and health of your skin in comparison to eating foods from the other food groups.
Fruits and vegetables are full of phytochemicals (plant compounds giving fruits and vegetables their bright color and health benefits) which help to protect your body from different cancers and heart diseases. They also have fiber, which is good for helping keep a healthy blood cholesterol level and "moving things along" digestively as well as lots of water, are low in fat or fat-free and cholesterol free. So if you are someone who does not drink enough water each day, eating fruits and veggies will help you in that department!
Each color has its own health perks, so getting a variety of colors and foods will help ensure your body will be boosted beautifully inside and out!
Tomatoes, red peppers, cranberries, cherries and other naturally red foods will help maintain a healthy heart, memory function, and urinary tract health.
Blue/purple foods such as blueberries, plums, blackberries, purple grapes, purple cabbage and others help maintain healthy aging, memory, and urinary track health.
Yellow/orange foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow peppers, oranges, and pumpkin also help maintain a healthy heart, immune system, and night-vision health.
Green fruits and vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kiwi, green grapes, and green peppers help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
White foods like bananas, garlic, apples, onions and cauliflower help maintain heart health and lower the risk of some cancers.
For more wonderful resources on the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, as well as recipe ideas check out eXtension at http://www.extension.org/pages/27730/health-benefits-of-eating-fruits-vegetables