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Eat a Rainbow of Organic Food

Organic foods: Fill your plate with a rainbow. Red leaf lettuce opposed to green leaf lettuce; redonions opposed to white onions; red kale as opposed to green kale.

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Organicand Nutrition: Eat a Rainbow! The Organic Web

By DH Owens with additions by CyberParent staff

Eating organic foods:Often the peel of a fruit or vegetable is the most colorful (read nutritious) part, particularly where antioxidants are concerned.

More information about organic foods:

Transition into Organic Foods Interested in changing your eating habits? This educational and fact-filled book is a simple read with easy to understand differences between conventional, organic, and natural foods. More Information

Fill your plate with a rainbow. Red leaf lettuce opposed to green leaf lettuce; redonions opposed to white onions; red kale as opposed to green kale.

Here are some examples of colors in fruits and vegetables by natural plant pigments:

Green fruits and vegetables are colored by chlorophyll. They may also contain lutein which works with zeaxanthin to keep eyes healthy.

Red fruits and vegetables are colored by tlycopene or anthocyanins.

Blue/purple fruits and vegetables are colored by anthocyanins.which protect cells from damage.

Orange/yellow fruits and vegetables are usually colored by carotenoids.

White fruits and vegetables are colored by anthoxanthins." Some also contain health-promoting chemicals such as allicin,

Often the peel of a fruit or vegetable is the most colorful (read nutritious) part, particularly where antioxidants are concerned.

Michael Greger, MD, writes, "More and more diseases–Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease–are being linked to what’s called “oxidant stress” in the body, which is the tissue damage wreaked by free radicals in our diet and environment. To prevent these diseases we rely on the superheroes and heroines of the body, the antioxidants found predominantly in whole plant foods like fruits. Most studies measuring the antioxidant power in fruits, though, has only studied the pulp of the fruit. In the most comprehensive study of it’s kind ever published, a recent study out of China measured the antioxidant power of the pulp, peel and seed fractions of 28 different fruits." Dr. Greger continues, "Researchers found that with a few exceptions, the peel and seeds of fruit has more antioxidants than the pulp. So for example, the peel of kiwi fruits, for example, has about three times the antioxidants than the inside of the fruit and the peel of fruits like pomegranates have almost 30 times the antioxidant punch. Grape seeds have a hundred times more antioxidant power than the pulp! So grapes with seeds are healthier than seedless, but only of course if one actually chews the seeds up. If you do choose to not to peel nutrition off your fruit, it’s particularly important to wash them under running water and to buy organic."

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In a new study red cabbage was seen to reduce the build-up of certain plaques in the brain that could cause Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.Although the mechanism of Alzheimers is not clear, more support is gathering for the build-up of plaque from amyloid deposits. The deposits are associated with an increase in brain cell damage and death from oxidative stress.It is against the oxidative stress that the anthocyanins and other cabbage polyphenols appear to offer protection.Scientists Ho Jin Heo and Chang Yong Lee of Cornell University tested the effect of red and white cabbageand found the antioxidant activity of red cabbages was about six to eight fold of whitecabbages.The news come hot on the heels of a similar report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (doi: 10.1002/jsfa.2409) from New Zealand researchers who looked at blackcurrant extracts and Alzehimer’s.The protective effects of the currants were again linked to the high anthocyanin content, and the researchers concluded: “The phenolic extract of blackcurrant demonstrated the highest protective effect.”

Additional information about organic food and organics.

The Organic Garden Book Work with nature to create organic flowers, fruit, and vegetables. Grow multiple veggies in a small plot and create a healthy outside environment for your family. More Information

The Organic Food Guide A practical guide to and how organic foods are related to nutrition and health. Understand why organic foods are so important, both for our health and for our environment. More Information

The Organic Garden Book Work with nature to create organic flowers, fruit, and vegetables. Grow multiple veggies in a small plot and create a healthy outside environment for your family. More Information

Transition into Organic Foods Interested in changing your eating habits? This educational and fact-filled book is a simple read with easy to understand differences between conventional, organic, and natural foods. More Information

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening This will be a reference book you will use often as you create your organic garden. It is a classic in its field. More Information

Organic, Inc. : Natural Foods and How They Grew Business writer Samuel Fromartz gives a balanced and honest look at organic food from its humble beginnings to the present. Answer questions like "what is organic food" and " why are so many of us buying it." More Information

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