Eat the Rainbow for Good Health


Asheville, N.C., Feb. 19, 2020 – March is National Nutrition Month. The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends that adults eat at least five kinds of vegetables and two kinds of fruit every day. When you incorporate the full color spectrum, you’ll get the most health benefits and protection against disease if you eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables across the full color spectrum.

Foods of similar colors generally contain similar protective compounds. Try to eat a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables every day to get the full range of health benefits. For example:

  • Red foods like tomatoes and watermelon contain lycopene, which is thought to be important for fighting prostate cancer and heart disease.
  • Green vegetables such as spinach and kale contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help protect against age-related eye disease.

The YMCA of Western North Carolina’s Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Director of Operations, Lauren Furgiuele, demonstrates how to properly and safely slice fruits and vegetables. Check out the video below to learn more!