Posted on June 14 2017
The age-old maxim that you should eat your greens holds true, but don’t overlook other colors when preparing what goes on your dinner plate. It turns out that vegetables that come in hues of yellow are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and other health-boosting components.
Bright colors can be an instant mood booster, particularly the color yellow. This sunny hue represents happiness, joy and hope. When you seek out and consume yellow-colored foods, you nourish your body, mind and soul with many of Mother Nature's health benefits.
Yellow fruits and vegetables are nutritional powerhouses
Yellow fruits and vegetables are teeming with carotenoids and bioflavonoids, which represent a class of water soluble plant pigments that function as antioxidants. Along with antioxidants, sunny-colored foods also have 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.
Mother Nature's many yellow foods
Yellow fruits and vegetables include the following: lemons, plantains, pineapple, star fruit, yellow winter and summer squash, squash blossoms, yellow peppers, corn, quince and bananas. In addition to fruits and vegetables, yellow herbs are also good for your health (make sure you talk to your doctor before consuming any herbs for medicinal purposes). 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.
Green is good when it comes to vegetables, but don’t omit the other colors of the rainbow when it comes to meal prep. The brighter, sunnier-hued veggies have significant nutritional value and benefits waiting to be unlocked and enjoyed by your taste buds and body.
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