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Pick a Color
By Karey Burek
Sep 18, 2008 - 10:25:20 AM

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Colors can tell you a lot about a person, from what they like to wear to what kind of mood they are ­experiencing.

My favorite color happens to be green because it makes me feel cool like a cucumber and relaxed. My room has a mixture of blues and greens decorating the walls, ­creating a comfy space to sleep, my zen space. When you first meet someone, the question happens to arise dealing with favorite colors; it kind of gives you a sense of what that person may be about. For instance, when I was in high school, going through the rocker-grunge phase, my favorite color was black—my bad gal status was upheld by this gothic color, as well as my foul moods. But now, being older and somewhat wiser and in a totally different place in life, I am more content to choose colors that help me de-stress and unwind.
 Colors are a vibrant part of nature and can be an indication of what foods coming from nature provide for your body. I was recently reading an interesting book about what one should or should not eat and found it enticing that the colors of the rainbow are a vital part of what my diet should consist of. Reds are full of the antioxidant lycopene, which protects the skin from sun damage and decreases the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. One of my favorite red things to eat is watermelon—I can never get enough of the juicy fruit. Watermelon provides my body with vitamins A & C, helping to neutralize cancer causing free radicals. Pink grapefruit also packs a powerful punch, supposedly having the highest concentrations of antioxidants than any other item in the produce department. I guess I will have to get over the tartness and start eating some segments of this fruit everyday.

The color yellow is very important to our diets, and there are some pretty tasty morsels that come in these sunny colors. Bananas, which usually help me study, are full of potassium helping my body stay strong. Yellow foods pack the ­power of carotenoids which decrease the chances of lung cancer and arthritis. Another favorite ­yellow fruit I enjoy is pineapple and it has benefits for digestion.

My least favorite color in the food world is green, even though it is pretty and relaxing on my walls I don’t truly care for eating it. But, put the green where it can be seen because if helps promote healing and healthy vision. I don’t mind putting slices of avocado on my sandwiches and I can’t get enough of some fresh guacamole, so I guess I am doing my part for my body. Avocados are full of monounsaturated fats which is good for your heart. My brother used to be a huge fan of Popeye and even stomached eating spinach to be strong and fast like his cartoon idol. He wasn’t too far off because it is the best source of folate which is important for keeping blood cells oxygenated.

Although blue isn’t a naturally occurring color when it comes to food, purple is pretty darn close. Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits and are considered more of a purple fruit rather than truly blue. The fruits and veggies in this color family are full of flavonoids which help in heart health and memory. Blueberries were found to possibly make brain cells respond better and help in growing new nerve cells! All from a little berry.

The lesson to learn about the colors of the produce aisle is to eat as many different shades and varieties as possible. The more you mix and match the better off your body will be—colors do a body good! For more information about foods we eat, check out

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