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Health benefits of yellow fruits and vegetables

Yvette Stines has written about health, beauty, education and entertainment for numerous publications. She holds a Masters of Education and a Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition.

Eat yellow for health

Bright colors can be an instant mood booster, particularly the color yellow. This sunny hue represents happiness, joy and hope. When you seek out and consume yellow-colored foods, you nourish your body, mind and soul with many of Mother Nature's health benefits.

Eat yellow for health

Yellow fruits and vegetables are nutritional powerhouses

Yellow fruits and vegetables are teeming with carotenoids and bioflavonoids, which represent a class of water soluble plant pigments that function as antioxidants. Along with antioxidants, sunny-colored foods also have an abundance of vitamin C. Studies suggest that these bountiful nutrients will help your heart, vision, digestion and immune system. Other benefits of naturally yellow foods include maintenance of healthy skin, wound healing, and stronger bones and teeth.

Mother Nature's many yellow foods

Yellow fruits and vegetables include the following: lemons, plantains, pineapple, star fruit, yellow winter and summer squash, squash blossoms, yellow peppers, corn, quince and bananas. In addition to fruits and vegetables, yellow herbs are also good for your health (make sure you talk to your doctor before consuming any herbs for medicinal purposes). The herb goldenseal can be used as a diuretic, astringent, antiseptic and it is also believed to heal skin rashes. Yellow dock is often used to help eliminate toxins, improve blood health and the flow of bile and other digestive juices, which can assist in the break down of fatty foods. Dandelion is known to assist with weight control, anemia and eliminate and reduce indigestion and gas build up.

Recipes to boost your intake of yellow fruits and vegetables

· Cocoa Banana Bread
· Luscious Lemonade
· Fried Plantains
· Stuffed Roasted Bell Peppers
· Shrimp and Basil Wontons with Pineapple Salsa
· Squash Blossoms
· Skirt Steak with Avocado Corn Salsa

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