Taste the Rainbow!

Taste the Rainbow!

This spring, taste the rainbow by participating in Colorful Choices, a 6-week nutrition challenge. Sponsored by Healthy Emory, this challenge aims to help you improve your eating habits. Are you ready to reap the benefits of eating a diet plentiful in produce and full of color?

By eating more fruits and vegetables, you may be able to decrease your cholesterol levels and feel fuller with fewer calories. Plus, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation  a produce-friendly diet is higher in fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Phytochemical act as antioxidants and can decrease your risk for developing health conditions, such as heart disease or cancer. Darker colors, such as what makes a blueberry so blue, or a tomato so red, indicate more phytochemicals.

The goal of the Colorful Choices Challenge is to eat at least five servings of produce each day, with a minimum of three vegetables. Eat produce from these groups to meet your “color quota:”

  • Blue/Purple - blue/purple hues in foods are due to their anthocyanin (an antioxidant) content.
  • Green – the phytochemical chlorophyll colors green fruits and vegetables.
  • Yellow/Orange – rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene and vitamin C.
  • Red – lycopene is the antioxidant found in reddish fruits and veggies.

Remember: The darker the color, the better.

To pack an even healthier punch, eat produce from all the color categories (red, orange, yellow/white, green and blue/violet).

Keep track of your daily consumption of produce with the Colorful Choices easy-to-use smart phone app. And, there’s even a chance to win prizes for your progress after weeks 2, 4 and 6.

Registration for Colorful Choices continues through March 24, and the challenge is open to all faculty, staff and retirees. For more information and to register, visit the Colorful Choices webpage.