What's so great about the colors blue and purple when it comes to fruits and vegetables? What can you do with a blueberry and an eggplant?
The "blues" are in the spotlight -- and in the baking dish and the blender -- in week number two's Color Your Plate Nutrition Challenge. If you missed signing up for this summer-time challenge through last week's initial email, there's still time.
You'll be joining the "Color the Plate" group who will be encouraged to increase the number of fruits and vegetables eaten each day to meet the latest nutrition guidelines of five to 10 servings daily, and to try one new fruit and vegetable every week.
An excerpt from "Color Your Plate" newsletter issue one offers this list of benefits:
The nutrition and health community agrees on the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet:
• Diets containing substantial and varied amounts of vegetables and fruits will prevent 20 percent or more of all cases of cancer. American Institute for Cancer Research
• A diet high in fruits and vegetables usually leads to a reduction in total calories and fat which enhances weight management. American Obesity Association
• Higher intakes of fruits, vegetables and other foods rich in vitamin C and potassium have been associated with lower stroke rates. American Stroke Association
• Eating high amounts of vegetables, vitamin E and vitamin C is associated with lower risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Association
• Consumption of fruits and vegetables containing two carotenoid pigments may be linked to a reduced risk for age-related macular degeneration. American Macular Degeneration Foundation
• Dietary patterns characterized by high intake of fruits and vegetables are associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease, stroke and hypertension. American Heart Association
Recipes, nutrition facts, veggie and fruit lists, and a tracking log are also part of the mix. Reply to this email to receive links to newsletters one and two created by Highmark, and then receive links each week through August 10th for additional newsletters. Next week we'll be focusing on the "greens," and a different color each week thereafter.
Cindi Dinger, on behalf of the Wellness Committee