Wellness Tip: Red foods boosts a healthy diet
April 24, 2015
Eating a colorful diet has many health benefits. Red foods contain lycopene, anthocyanin, ellagic acid and many other nutritious compounds that reduce the risk for certain cancers. Red foods contain anti-inflammatory properties that protect the brain, heart, liver and immune system. Cooked tomato products like marinara sauce provide lycopene that is highly available for absorption by the body. Anthocyanin is found in red berries, cherries, strawberries or apples. Ellagic acid is found in pomegranate seeds and juice.
Remember to wash your foods well and eat them whole with the skins intact. The skin is where the nutrients are found.
Janet Lott, RN
Diabetes and Wellness Coordinator at The Memorial Hospital