Fitness Tips Article Series, 4

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand your fruits and vegetables!! Doing so will make you healthier and help you avoid chronic illnesses such as cancer. Well, here is a great guide to follow. Now eat your......!!

Red/Purple Group - Grapes, grape products (red wine, grape juice), prunes, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, red peppers, plums, cherries, eggplant, red beets, raisins, red apples, red pears

Red Group - Tomatoes, tomato products (pasta sauce, tomato soup, tomato-based juices, ketchup), pink grapefruit, watermelon

Orange Group - Carrots, mangos, apricots, cantaloupes, pumpkin, acorn squash, winter squash, sweet potatoes

Orange/Yellow Group - Orange juice, oranges, tangerines, yellow grapefruit, lemon, line, peaches, papaya, pineapple, nectarines

Yellow/Green Group - Spinach, collard, mustard greens, turnip greens, yellow, corn, avocado, green peas, green beans, green peppers, yellow peppers, cucumber, kiwi, romaine lettuce, zucchini, honeydew melon, muskmelon

Green Group - Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, bok choi, kale

White/Green Group - Garlic, onions, leeks, celery, asparagus, artichoke, endive, chives, mushrooms

This information is based on the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition's color code system. It encourages a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure a diverse intake of phytonutrients (cancer fighting nutrients). You should aim for one food item from each color group per day, eat seven or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Mother did know best about what you should eat!

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