“God is an artist” the quote comes from A Beautiful Mind. I feel that reference is very fitting for this blog post. We live in a wonderful age where science can take us to the fringe of reality, to the point where we can see the opaque ethereal workings of nature. Fifty years ago if someone drew correlation between pigment and nutrition their ideas would be regarded as laughable. Turns out, life is much more beautiful and simple than anyone would have guessed.
Natural foods with deep colors are actually healthier for you. And that is a scientifically proven fact. Fruits and vegetables get their colors from chemically active anti-oxidant pigments. For example carrots are orange because of the high concentration of beta-carotene. Other foods like squash and pumpkins also have this same nutrient and guess what they are the same color, go figure. Right?
Studies are revealing that many colors come from specific nutrients. Lycopene, which is all the rage these days, comes predominately from red foods. Of course you probably know that it comes from tomatoes but it is also found in red cabbage, grapefruits, guavas, watermelon, and asparagus. Ok, disregard the last one. Sometimes the pigment doesn’t show up. Just like a Haley Barry, who is chemically active anti-oxidant filled celebrity and is also good for the health.
So if there is one thing to be taken away from all this, I think it should be incorporate a little more color into your life. These colorful anti-oxidants have been shown to benefit everything from complexion to mental health.