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Add More Colors to Your Meals for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

There are several sayings about the benefits of colors in meals.  Having foods that enhance the beauty of the meal itself can do a lot for health.  Most people are aware of the need for more green in a diet. To many, yellow foods remain a bit of a mystery, the color in the food chain that people know less about.  Many times, the orange foods are included as well since they contain many of the same basic nutrients. In some parts of the country, yellow squash is the best known yellow food because it is part of plenty of menus.

They Have Great Nutrients

Yellow foods contain bio-flavonoids and carotenoids.  Both of these are known to have antioxidants which have a good reputation for their ability to help fight disease.  They also have a significant amount of Vitamin C. This makes a good combination for boosting the immunities. Studies have shown that antioxidants have a good success rate in helping to fight some cancers.  Many also have good portions of Vitamins K, B1, B2, and B6.

They May Help Prevent Heart Disease

With the increased incidence of heart disease in this country, finding foods that can help avoid it can be really important.  Yellow foods have been linked to better control of heart disease. Some of the contents have the ability to prevent the oxidation of fats.  Sweet potatoes, which are considered to be another yellow vegetables, are high in soluble fibers. Soluble fibers can help lower bad cholesterol by removing it from the blood.  Because many yellow vegetables have beta-carotene, lycopene, folic acid and several other nutrients that can lower blood pressure and remove toxins, they can help maintain better cardiovascular health.

They Are Generally Lower in Calories

Yellow foods, especially vegetables, tend to have fewer calories than many other foods.  Yellow squash only has about 36 calories with just 7 grams of carbs. When this is compared to something more traditional such as white rice or potatoes, it can do much more for rounding out a diet.  They are better for those who suffer from problems with blood sugar, and they can be consumed without fear of putting on weight. As a matter of fact, they are an excellent food for those who are struggling with weight management.  If you haven’t tried many yellow foods lately, pick up a few and find out what they can do for your diet.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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