Great red foods!

I love vegetables and fruit! I know that, as part of a balanced diet, we should eat across the rainbow – eating food of all different colors. This article focuses on some of my favorite food – the red group – and what they can do for your heart.

Heart disease doesn’t care what color your dress is, but eating plenty of red fruits and veggies can cut your risk of heart disease by up to 50%.

The bright hue of red foods signals lots of nutrition in every bite. Red fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals, which help turn carbohydrates, fats and proteins into usable energy for the body. These foods also contain antioxidants, which protect DNA from oxidative damage and, therefore, prevent disease.

Many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants — such as lycopene and anthocyanins — that may do everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the risk for stroke and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people aged 60 and older). Antioxidants soak up damaging free radicals.

The article, on goes on to list 7 red foods that you should eat for a healthy and strong heart.

Image also from the same article.

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