Add some more “color” to your diet for next season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 21, 2010 11:13 am

(Image: Fruit & Vegetable Box, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from karimian’s photostream)

Skiers and riders can improve their health for the next season, simply by adding more “color” to their diet.

Those who maintain extremely healthy eating habits have always looked to “colorful” vegetables and fruits as their primary source of food.

These “nutritionists”, focus on a majority of the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that many fruits and vegetables have been known to contain.

Strangely, these phytochemicals in these foods are still somewhat of a mystery to scientists. While they have identified more than 10,000 different types of these chemicals, nothing could actually be fully proven about them.

Scientists can prove, however, that these tiny chemicals possess huge health benefits for your diet.

Nutritionists believe these phytochemicals are the key ingredient in staying healthy and fighting off long-term illness, such as cancer, and many other serious diseases. I guess our parents were right about the old “finish your vegetables”, after all.

The ANDI score, (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index), is used as a tool by nutritionists to rate the relative health benefits of various vegetables and fruits.

At the top of the rank are collard greens, turnip greens, kale, watercress, and mustard greens with an overall ANDI high score of 1,000 points. Slightly lower on the list is spinach (739), and then fruits such as strawberries (212), pomegranates (193) and plums (158).

Many people have proven that there are great benefits from eating “colorfully”. The results have shown that weight loss was very common, with a decrease in cholesterol levels as well.

Among the physical health changes you experience, there are also numerous mental benefits these chemicals can bring to your body as well. Nutritionists and healthy eaters have reported feeling healthier, more productive, more energetic, more optimistic, and as a result, much happier.

Go check out your local farmers markets and produce stores for all the “color” they can bring to your health. Come next season you’ll be more than prepared to hit the slopes in the healthiest mental and physical shape possible.