Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Eat Right. With Color

March is National Nutrition Month.

This year’s motto is Eat Right. With Color.
One of my favorite quotes is, "For optimum health, scientists say, eat a rainbow of colors. Your plate should look like a box of Crayolas." Janice M. Horowitz.

Eating with color not only adds variety, but many important nutrients and antioxidants to keep you healthy and prevent disease. This week’s nutrition tip is to add the color ORANGE to your plate. Orange foods get their color from carotenoids. Beta-carotene and vitamin A are both carotenoids, and found in orange foods. Beta-carotene and vitamin A are especially important for healthy eyes and to keep your immune system strong. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant, to protect your body’s cells from damage. Antioxidants are important in the prevention of cancer.

Vitamin A and beta-carotene can be found in the following foods: orange, sweet potato, carrots, cantaloupe, apricot, papaya, mango, pumpkin, and sweet peppers.

This week, try to add one of these foods to your plate each day. Some examples are cantaloupe at breakfast, mixed with yogurt. Sweet pepper added to your lunchtime salad. Or baked sweet potato fries with dinner.

Visit next week for the next Nutrition Tip of the Week.

For a personalized nutrition evaluation and consultation, please contact me at 443-849-8186 or kryniak@gbmc.org
Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSD
Certified Specialist in
Oncology Nutrition

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