For National Nutrition Month, Go Red!!

Produce that has a beautiful red color can thank two particular plant pigments for their color.  Anthocyanins and lycopene are responsible for red, purple, and blue hues found in produce.

Currently, lycopene is under research for its cancer fighting abilities, especially for prostate cancer.  And don’t shy away from red produce you find on a shelf because lycopene found in cooked tomatoes are better absorbed by the body.  Lycopene can be found in tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit.

Anthocyanins, a category of flavonoids, has been found to have the strongest antioxidant effects when consumed in the diet compared to other flavonoids categories.  Anthocyanins can be found in strawberries, currents, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, and red grapes.

Today, count how many red fruits and vegetables you consume!!  Try to increase by an average of 1-2 additional per week!!  Need ideas? Review the list below of red produce to consider!!

  • Red apples
  • Cherries
  • Red cabbage
  • Beets
  • Cranberries
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Red peppers
  • Pomegranates
  • Red potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Red Grapes