Fruits and vegetables that are blue or purple are rich in phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, which have antioxidant activity and offer great health benefits. Research has shown that anthocyanins reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, help with memory function, and may reduce the risk of some types of cancer. Country Magic blueberries and blackberries are great examples of blue/purple fruits and vegetables.
Green fruits and vegetables contain a multitude of phytochemicals, most notably, lutein. Lutein plays a critical role in preventing macular degeneration, the #1 cause of blindness as we age. Leafy greens also contain important antioxidants (glutathione and alpha-lipoic acid), which act to detoxify the body, maintain a healthy liver, boost immunity and reduce chronic inflammation. These micronutrients may also help reduce the risk of some cancers, guard against strokes and heart attacks. Look for our Country Magic lettuce, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, beet greens and green beans which are all examples of green vegetables to include in your diet.
White fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals such as quercetin which is found in onions. Micronutrients such as quercetin act as antioxidants to help maintain a healthy heart, maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and reduce the risk of some forms of cancer. Potatoes are often considered “just a starch”, however they actually offer a wide array of nutritional benefits such as the micronutrient glutathione, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid, as well as sources of vitamin C, potassium and high levels of vitamin B6 and fibre.