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Which Color Is Best for Your Health?

By Tom Herrin

How many people base their health on colors?  It is more than likely not very many.  Color preference obviously has little to do with health.  What may have some bearing on it is whether or not people have colorful meals.  The days of plain white and brown meals have begun to go by the wayside as more information has become available on the relationship between colors and health.  Apparently meals with more varied colors are more likely to offer good things in the way of good health.  As such, a simple way to make those meals a little healthier may be to have a greater variety of colors in those meals.

Green Has Always Been a Good Color

Most people who are older grew up with someone telling them, quite frequently, that they needed to eat their greens.  This was sometimes translated as meaning that these foods were not so good-tasting.  That would be an unfortunate conclusion.  There is a good variety of kinds of foods in the group.  Some of the benefits are believed to be increasing energy, detoxing the body, and aiding in digestion.  This variety of foods includes peas, kale, avocado, green apples, and green grapes.  If there are some a person doesn't care for, there are some good options.

Reds Can Have a Big Impact

Except for tomatoes, many people hardly ever had red foods on their plate for some years.  It was just one of those things that no one seemed to think of.  In the last few years, there has been a lot more publicity about some of these colors in meals.  Some of the things that red foods are believed to do are cut the risk of diabetes, reducing the risk of some heart disease, and improving the skin.  A few of these foods are beets, red peppers, cranberries, strawberries, and pomegranate.  

Choose the Colors You Like and a Few More

Go ahead and make the most of the opportunity to make those meals great in terms of healthiness.  Pick the colors you really like, then add some others.  At times, it has been fun for us to take turns drawing a picture of a meal and coloring it.  Following up to see what kinds of foods go with these colors can get everyone involved.  It can also help them to feel more ownership.  If they do this, they may be more likely to be willing to try a greater variety of foods.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goleta, Calif.

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