The World's Healthiest Foods

Is a colorful meal especially likely to contain the World's Healthiest Foods?

In the world of processed food, you cannot judge the quality of a food by the way it looks. Artificial colors, mechanical processing techniques, and genetic engineering can create foods that look fantastic, but have very little nutritional value. Don't judge your processed foods (and in many cases, even your non-organic, unprocessed foods) by their color! It's sometimes the 2 parts per million of citrus red dye number 2 that gives the orange peels their rich color - but this artificial dye cannot be legally used on organic oranges. When eating the World's Healthiest Foods that have been organically grown, the situation is exactly the opposite. The more colorful your meal, the greater likelihood of a rich diversity of nutrients. The World's Healthiest Foods are NATURALLY colorful. Their colors come from unique combinations of sun and rain and geography and climate. If you eat the leafy greens like mustard greens or chard or kale, you should also think about what happens to leaves in the fall of the year, as they change to yellow or orange or red. These colors are actually in the leaves year-round, but just get overshadowed by the green. You're actually eating a variety of colors when you eat a green leaf! Enjoy the World's Healthiest Foods for their colors - these colors reflect their unique nutritional richness.

This page was updated on: 2002-12-11 01:19:26
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