Paleo/AIP Acceptable Food #1 : Benefits of Colorful Vegetables and Fruit
Vegetables and Fruit are some of the best things to include in your Paleo/AIP Diet. However, not every fruit or vegetables will do. Mother Nature has made it easy for us to distinguish which produce will be best for us with bright colors that catch our eye and look appealing to us…it is Nature’s marketing! So that begs to question why are they so colorful and why are they so good for us and particularly for those following the paleo and paleo autoimmune protocol?
Let’s go color by color, starting with the color green. Green vegetables contain antioxidant vitamins like C and E and have the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. Why are these important? They can lower your risk of chronic diseases and also help your eyes, bones, and teeth.
Red fruits and veggies like cherries and beets (both of which are in our Paleo Perfection Protein) are rich in the antioxidants lycopene and anthocyanins. Not to mention, these red goodies can give you a boost of vitamin A…not bad!
What about oranges and yellows? Most of these fruits and veggies are loaded with beta-carotene which our bodies will convert into vitamin A which we just finished discussing. They also are rich in antioxidants that can help prevent defects in unborn infants.
Now white…things like apples (also in our Paleo Perfection Protein), cauliflower, and cucumbers are very high in dietary fiber which among other things it can reduce cholesterol. It also is rich in antioxidant flavonoids like quercetin which the American Heart Association says may lower risk of stroke.
Finally, last but not least, blues and purples. The American Institute for Cancer Research has found that these fruits and veggies contain flavonoids and ellagic acid…these compounds may help kill off cancer cells. Not to mention this tasty produce is packed with antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.
We have included what we could in our proteins and hope that this added nutrition will help you in your health and wellness journey. Here at Autoimmune Health & Nutrition our goal is to support you and with our PALEO PERFECTION protein it makes it that much easier to follow your goals and continue toward the results you seek.
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