8 Reasons to Eat Red Fruits and Vegetables

Updated: 4/21/18 Red fruits can add a sweet or tart taste or even a crunchy texture to your favorite dish!

In honor of 'National Nutrition Month' in March, try "eating a rainbow" when it comes to fruits and vegetables in your diet. 

To start your focus on "eating the right color", check out these 8 reasons to eat red fruits and vegetables!

8 Reasons to Eat Red Fruits and Vegetables

Red foods have a variety health benefits and are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant nutrients such as: lycopene, ellagic acid, quercetin, hesperidin, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C.  These nutrients can help with the following:

1. Reduce the risk of prostate, cervical and lung cancer 2. Reduce tumor growth 3. Protect the body against heart disease 4. Lower blood pressure 5. Reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels 6. Fight harmful free radicals in the body 7. Support joint tissue for those with arthritis 8. Aid in gastrointestinal health and regularity

Red fruits and vegetables to add to your meals: Watermelon, Strawberries, Cherries, Apples, Raspberries, Pomegranate, Tomatoes, Radishes, Red Bell Pepper, Red Onion, and Red Cabbage.

Try these "red" recipes!

Apple, Grapefruit and Pomegranate Salad

Servings: 1 Vegetable 3 Fruits

Ingredients: 1 small Apple, diced ½ medium Grapefruit, cut into segments ½ small Pomegranate, seeded 1 Tbs. Fresh Lemon Juice Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste 1 Tbs. Fresh Mint Leaves, roughly chopped 2 cups Baby Romaine Lettuce

Preparation: Place the apple, grapefruit, and pomegranate seeds in a bowl. Add the lemon juice and pepper, mix well. Garnish with fresh mint and serve on a bed of lettuce greens.

Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Servings: 2.5 Vegetables *Suitable for Fast Track Patients

Ingredients: 1/2 Medium Red Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped 1/4 Medium Onion, chopped 1 Small Tomato, chopped 1/2 Garlic Clove, chopped 1/2 tsp. Fresh Thyme Leaves Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Preparation: Place onion and bell pepper in a saucepan and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Add garlic and thyme and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add tomato and cook covered for 5-10 minutes.  Puree the mixture as a soup and season with pepper.

Original Article Here: http://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2011/03/22/using-color-as-a-guide-to-a-better-diet-9-health-benefits-of-red-fruits-and-vegetables/