Red Foods: The New Health Powerhouses?
From strawberries to beets, red fruits and vegetables pack a vibrant nutritional punch.
Red Food: Beets
In season: June through October, but available year-round
Benefits: A root vegetable, "beets are rich in folate, lycopene,
and anthocyanins," Pappo says.
Another powerful antioxidant, anthocyanins "are not just present in red
foods, but also blue and purple foods as red and blue makes purple."
Get more by: Adding some beets to add color to plates as a side dish
or in salads, soup, or stew.
Choose Foods for Every Color in Rainbow
Ask any child and he or she will tell you that the colors of the
rainbow are (R)ed, (O)range, (Y)ellow, (G)reen (B)lue, (I)ndigo and
There is more to a healthy diet than red foods, Pappo says. "I recommend
choosing foods for every color in the rainbow," she says. "The deeper,
the darker, and the richer the color, the better," she says. "Aim for
nine a day, and have one from every color group."
Remember that it's always better to eat whole foods than take supplements of
specific nutrients, Pappo says. "Eat your nutrients, don't pop them,"
she tells WebMD. "It's the combination of everything in these red foods,
not just one miracle nutrient."