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Super Foods: Fruits and veggies that support overall health

Super foods: Fruits and veggies that help support overall health

March is nutrition month and that means we want to encourage everyone to eat healthy, but especially if you’ve been diagnosed with or have completed cancer treatment.

Saint Thomas Hospital nutritionist Lori Black suggests a healthy diet of various fruits and vegetables, of every color of the rainbow, filled with antioxidants. Here are a few colorful fruits and vegetables to help prevent lifestyle-related diseases and keep you healthy.

Antioxidants

Color

Foods

Benefits

Carotenoids

Yellow and orange

Carrots, butternut squash, yellow and orange bell peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes

May benefit vision, skin, bones, heart and immune function

Lycopene and Anthocyanins

Red

Beets, red peppers, radishes, red onions, tomatoes, rhubarb

May boost immunity and benefit memory

Phenolic Flavanoids

Blue and Purple

Eggplant, purple cabbage, purple peppers, purple tomatoes, purple onions

Have anti-inflammatory properties

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Green

Kale, collard greens, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, celery, peas, spinach, zucchini

May help prevent macular degeneration

 

 

 

 

Xanthines

White

Garlic, onions, parsnips, mushrooms, bananas

May help respiratory, heart, and thyroid health

 

For more information about any cancer support services or programs, call 615-222-3234.

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