C Comes in All Colors
Eating plenty of fruits and veggies is part of living healthy. But no single fruit or vegetable can give you everything, so how do you know what to choose? Easy: reach for a rainbow! Eating fruits and veggies in lots of different colors is a beautiful (and tasty) way to give your body the mix of nutrients it craves every day.
One of those key nutrients is vitamin C (ascorbic acid). What does it do for you?
- It’s an antioxidant that protects your cells from free radicals (damaging compounds formed when our bodies convert food into energy, and from environmental factors like cigarette smoke, air pollution and UV light). Antioxidants may help prevent chronic diseases like cancer.
- It’s required for collagen, a tissue protein your body uses to heal wounds and build healthy skin, bones and blood vessels.
- It supports your immune system.
- It helps your system absorb iron, especially from plant-based foods.
Your body can’t store vitamin C, so you need to get it in your diet every day. C = Citrus, right? Sure — but you can get your C from a whole range of colorful fruits and veggies.
Toss some juicy berries into breakfast…tear into a bright green salad at lunch…snack on some whole fruit…add some roasted veggies and a side salad to dinner…it’s not hard, it’s delicious!
And when you aim for 7 or more servings of produce every day, variety’s the key (one of the reasons why Earthbound offers so many varieties of healthy organic fruits and veggies, of course). Different colors + different types = a delicious daily dose of vitamin C and an abundance of the other vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients that help you stay healthy and feel great!