It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
The saying goes: We eat with our eyes first. And that can actually be a good thing. Because the way your food looks is equally as important as it being delicious. The colors of fruits and veggies you eat hold a clue about their nutritional value, which can tell you a lot about exactly how they can benefit you.
When it comes to general health, you can’t really go wrong with vegetables. We know that. But if you’re interested in something specific, like foods that will help your skin, for example, the color test is a great way to make sure you’re getting what your body needs. And it’s way simple.
Just eat at least one orange veggie and one green veggie every day as part of your daily vegetable consumption. No loopholes. You still gotta get in other fruits and veggies. So for beautiful skin, choose one orange and one green. Here’s why: Orange veggies, such as carrots, squash, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes, contain something called, carotenoids. Carotenoids are great for your skin. They help defend you from UV damage, prevent acne breakouts, and even act, as what I call, a natural exfoliant. Green veggies, such as kale and spinach, are full of vitamin C, which can help repair skin by building collagen—AKA, reducing those fine lines.
In general, choosing a variety of colors in your fruits and vegetables will help you meet your nutrient needs. We know that. But it will also keep your meals interesting. So remember: Color matters when it comes to vegetables. For healthier skin, make sure you eat at least one green and one orange vegetable every day. And in general, a broad spectrum of color in your produce is always recommended.