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What Your Fruit is Telling You

Color of FruitFruit, like vegetables, offers many nutrients, vitamins and minerals. There is no doubt that fruit is healthy for you. Each type of fruit comes with its very own special color, and its color says a lot about it. The color of fruit holds the key to understanding what type of phytonutrients the fruit has, and as a result, what the fruit does for us from a health standpoint.

To ensure you are getting all of your essential nutrients, it is always best to eat a diversified diet that includes a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. But even more importantly, this should extend to the range of colors you eat as well. In short, you should aim to eat every color of the rainbow.

To find out what each color represents and the benefits it brings, check out the below chart:

Color

Phytonutrient

Fruit

What it Does

Red

Anthocyanins

Lycopene

Acai Berries
Blood Oranges
Cranberries
Pink/Red Grapefruit
Pomegranates
Raspberries
Red Apples
Red Cherries
Red Pears
Strawberries
Tomatoes (although used as a vegetable, it is a fruit)
Watermelon
  • Keeps urinary tracts healthy
  • Maintains a healthy heart
  • Boosts memory
  • Lowers risk of cancer

Yellow / Orange

Bioflavonoids

Carotenoids

Vitamin C

Apricots
Cantaloupe
Cape Gooseberries
Golden Kiwifruit
Grapefruit
Lemons
Mango
Nectarines
Oranges
Papaya
Peaches
Persimmons
Pineapple
Tangerines
Yellow Apples
Yellow Figs
Yellow Pears
Yellow Watermelon
  • Keeps immune system strong
  • Supports eye function and health
  • Lowers risk of cancer
  • Lowers risk of heart disease

Green

Calcium

Indoles

Iron

Lutein

Magnesium

Avocados
Green Apples
Green Grapes
Honeydew
Kiwifruit
Limes
Green Pears
  • Supports eye function and health
  • Lowers risk of cancer
  • Maintains strong bones and teeth

Blue / Purple

Anthocyanins

Phenolics

Black Currants
Blackberries
Blueberries
Red Grapes
Plums
Prunes
Purple Figs
Raisins
  • Lowers risk of cancer
  • Good for urinary tract health
  • Improves memory function
  • Helps to fight effects of aging

White / Tan / Brown

Allicin

Bananas
Brown Pears
Dates
White Nectarines
White Peaches
  • Promotes heart health
  • Lowers risk for cancer

What are your favorite fruits? Do you tend to have a lot of one color or a wide variety?

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