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Colorful Cuisine

7 Colors a Day
Scientists are just now beginning to understand the medicinal impacts of phytonutrients and why eating foods that contain them may be our greatest preventive tool against cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

But for centuries traditional healers have taught color-coded eating as essential for maintaining health, vitality, and long life.

 
Every day, choose five bright colors of fruits and vegetables—red, orange, yellow, blue/purple, green—plus, if you like, the tan earth tones of grains and legumes and creamy whites of eggs, fish, and other animal proteins.
 
Buy Organic
Whenever possible, select organic produce. The increasing use of chemicals and pesticides since World War II to grow “better” foods has dramatically reduced the mineral content of commercially grown fruits and vegetables. Overall, calcium levels have dropped 29 percent, magnesium 21 percent, potassium 6 percent, and iron 32 percent. Pesticides and herbicides also appear to thwart the production of phenolics, the phytonutrients that are among the most important antioxidants for optimal health. Even worse, pesticides and herbicides leave toxic residues on foods.
 
Organic produce is increasingly the choice of consumers who want superior color, flavor, and nutrient content. While organic does cost a little more at the cash register, keep in mind that when you buy conventional produce you’re paying three times. First, you pay at the register. Second, your tax dollars subsidize conventional farming, but not organic production. Third, you’re paying to clean up the environment and untold health costs from environmental pollution that can result from conventional farming.
 
The Right Balance
The human body maintains an optimal pH of 7.4, and even a slight shift up or down has a dramatic effect on metabolism. To ensure optimal pH, the body has developed an efficient buffering system using agents derived from food and water. Fruits and vegetables range in their inherent pH factors, but it is the alkalizing minerals they contain that buffer acids in animal foods, grains, and legumes.
 
People who eat primarily animal foods, highly processed foods, and/or foods laden with sugar and fat are in chronic acidosis because they’re not getting the alkaline-buffering minerals of fruits and vegetables. The 7-color plan emphasizes fruits and vegetables, making it ideal for anyone experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of acid overload.

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