the benefits of yellow food

Food glorious food! Here is part 3 of the series on eating a rainbow diet where we explore each color in the food we eat and the benefits of each.

The color is sunshine, yellow food includes water soluble plant pigments that function as antioxidants. Along with antioxidants, there is an abundance of vitamin C. Studies suggest that these bountiful nutrients will help your heart, vision, digestion and immune system.

Other benefits of naturally yellow foods include maintenance of healthy skin, wound healing, and stronger bones and teeth. The herb goldenseal can be used as a diuretic, astringent, antiseptic and it is also believed to heal skin rashes. Yellow dock is often used to help eliminate toxins, improve blood health and the flow of bile and other digestive juices, which can assist in the break down of fatty foods. Dandelion is known to assist with weight control, anemia and eliminate and reduce indigestion and gas build up. {source: sheknows.com}

Yellow food: Mother Nature offers these wonderful gifts – Bromelain, Limonoids, Luetin and Zeaxanthin

Bromelain:
Good Source: pineapple
Benefits: This enzyme may ease indigestion and asthma.

Limonoids:
Good Sources: citrus
Benefits: These may lower cholesterol and protect against breast, skin, and stomach cancers.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin:
Good Sources: organic corn, leafy greens
Benefits: This duo keeps eyes strong, protecting the retina and reducing the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Yellow foods to eat

  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Yellow peppers
  • Yellow summer squash
  • Yellow wax beans

What Yellow foods do you have in your diet?

Where can you add more?

eat a rainbow

By including all the colors of the rainbow from fruits and vegetables, you are ensuring that your body is receiving all the nutrients and color energy it needs to stay healthy and balanced.

Like everything in life, balance and variation bring us everything we need. Our mission here on ‘Create your Color Story’ is to explore the benefits of including each of the colors in our diet and share recipes to help us all enjoy eating a rainbow on a daily basis. Think about your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plates. How many colors are represented?

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