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Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Veggies

The new MyPlate recommends that Americans fill half of their plate with fruits and vegetables. In doing this, it is important to include many different colors of fruits and vegetables. Each color represents a different health benefit. Here is a list of fruits and vegetable colors with their corresponding health benefit. You'll even see that the color white is listed!

 

  • Green produce has antioxidant benefits that help promote healthy vision.

    Examples: avocados, apples, honeydew, kiwi, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers, and spinach

     

  • Orange/deep yellow produce contain nutrients that promote healthy vision and maintain a healthy immune system.

    Examples: apricot, cantaloupe, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, carrots, yellow peppers, corn, and sweet potatoes

     

  • Purple/blue produce has anti-aging benefits that help maintain memory and promote a healthy urinary tract.

    Examples: blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins, eggplant, and purple cabbage

     

  • Red produce helps maintain a healthy heart, vision, and immune function.

    Examples: cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, watermelon, beets, red peppers, rhubarb, and tomatoes

     

  • White/tan/brown produce contain nutrients that may promote heart health.

    Examples: bananas, brown pears, dates, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, and parsnips.

     

     

Fill your plate with all colors of the rainbow to maximize the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Your plate will look appealing and be tasty and healthy at the same time!

For more information visit: www.choosemyplate.gov.

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