Why you need color in your diet
“Fruits, vegetables and beans provide all the colors we need,” says Cumming. “And why do we need them? They are chock full of antioxidants.”
Antioxidants build your immune system and help to protect from heart disease, cancer and strokes and macular degeneration, a form of blindness that can affect older individuals.
“If you get a multiple vitamin that says it contains antioxidants, it may contain one or two,” says Cumming.
You can add an extra boost of antioxidants by enjoying a variety of fruits, vegetables and legumes that can have hundreds, if not thousands, of antioxidants your body needs to protect itself from disease and build immunity.
Fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, prunes, spinach and tomatoes are loaded with potassium. “That’s one of the biggest blood pressure protectors in nature,” Cumming explains.
“Boron helps build your bones,” Cumming says. It’s naturally found in many foods, including apples, coffee, beans, milk and potatoes.