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Fruit and Vegetable Colors: The Health Benefits of Each Color

fruit-colors-rainbowby Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

Fruits' and vegetables' colors can tip you off to some of their health benefits. In fact, many get their color directly from phytochemicals—substances experts think help us fight disease, including certain cancers.

Here's what the Produce for a Better Health Foundation says each color helps us maintain:

Blue and Purple

  • Urinary-tract health
  • Memory function
  • Healthy aging


  • Vision health
  • Strong bones and teeth

White, Tan and Brown:

  • Heart health
  • Cholesterol levels that are already healthy

Yellow and Orange

  • Heart health
  • Vision health
  • Healthy immune systemnewsletter-graphic


  • Heart health
  • Memory function
  • Urinary-tract health

is a nutrition counselor and certified diabetes educator with the Hampton Roads Center for Clinical Research in Norfolk, Va.

Source: Produce for Better Health Foundation, "The Colors of Health."

Last updated and/or approved: June 2012. Original article appeared in spring 2007 former print magazine. Bio current as of that issue. This general health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.

Comments (1)add comment
Nice article
written by James Jones , September 10, 2011

very helpful information!

I get sick with flu symptoms quite often.. I think its my poor immune system.. I dunno why its so bad considering I love to eat oranges...


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