In general, the more variety of colors on your plate, the better.
Written by: Cielestia Calbay
A package of Skittles won’t earn you a gold star with your doctor, but other colorful options might.
Experts say eating fruits and vegetables of different colors is one of the best and easiest ways to maximize our intake of a broad range of essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
“Eating color gives you a wide variety of valuable nutrients your body needs to function properly,” said Tara Gidus, a marathon runner, registered dietitian and team dietitian for the Orlando Magic.
We asked Gidus for tips on how to shop for vibrant produce and her picks for the best fruits and veggies to buy in the color wheel.
1) Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables when in season as prices tend to be lower
2) Shop at local farmer’s markets when you can. Local varieties are sometimes fresher and sometimes even cheaper than local grocery stores.
3) Handle fresh produce carefully. Bruised and damaged fruits and vegetables decay more quickly.
4) Produce loses nutrients the more it sits around. Try to buy fresh and use within a week.