As part of the Eating by the Rainbow series, we are breaking down which colorful foods will maximize your health, and how!

Red foods

Take the naturally occurring red foods colored by the pigment lycopene. Lycopene may help reduce the risk of several types of cancer.

  • Red apples
  • Beets
  • Red cabbage
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Red grapes
  • Red peppers
  • Pomegranates
  • Red potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Orange / Yellow Foods

Carotenoids are responsible for the orange/yellow pigment found in fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is found in sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and carrots which is then converted by the body to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is responsible for healthy eyes, while a carotenoid rich diet reduces risk of cancer, heart disease, and can improve immune system function. Citrus foods that fall under this category are rich in Vitamin C and folate.

  • Yellow apples
  • Apricots
  • Butternut squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Yellow peppers
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Rutabagas
  • Yellow summer or winter squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tangerines
  • Yellow tomatoes
  • Yellow watermelon