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I found this great article in a local newspaper, the Santa Monica Mirror. I don't know if the author, who writes a regular column for the newspaper, is veg*an or not, but I was pleased to see that here he discusses fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and legumes without even once mentioning animal flesh, as many "nutrition experts" often do.<br><br>
I included the first "color" paragraph of the articile: for legal reasons I could only link to the article so you can read the rest of the article.<br><br>
I placed this thread in the New to Vegetarianism forum because I know that many omnis don't eat enough fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as grains, nuts and legumes. Once you become veg*an, or start the transition to veg*anism, you have to adjust not only your diet but your perspective on what goes on your plate. Hopefully this will help provide the motivation for including as many healthful veg*an foods as possible in your new diet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Color Your Plate With A Rainbow of Food<br>
posted Apr. 25, 2011, 7:02:00 am<br>
Dr. Mao's Wellness Central<br><br>
Find longevity at the end of the rainbow! Eat your way to longevity by consuming the five-color spectrum every day in each food category.<br><br>
Interestingly, eating a rainbow of colors corresponds to an age-old Eastern philosophy. Eastern wisdom believes that health and longevity depend on a balance of the five elemental energies; in this case the elements are represented by the colors red, orange/yellow, green, white, and blue/purple in our food. Eating each of these colors benefits your health in different ways.<br><br>
For instance, red foods usually include cancer-fighting lycopene, and green foods usually contain chlorophyll, an antioxidant that may protect genes from damage. When you eat all the colors daily, you are including disease-combating nutrients and vitamins in your diet. Try to eat each of these colors every day in the following food categories: vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes, nuts, and grains.<br><br>
Red<br><br>
Celebrate the color of passion by eating more delicious red foods. The pigments responsible for the red coloring of many fruits, vegetables, and cereal grains are known as anthocyanins. These flavonoid compounds not only impart a beautiful hue to succulent strawberries and ruby red apples, they also fight free radicals and prevent oxidative damage to cells. The antioxidant lycopene found in pink grapefruits, tomatoes, and watermelons has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Whether you prefer the scorching heat of a red chili or the sweet crunch of a red bell pepper, you can be sure to get the heart-healthy benefits of Mother Natures beautiful bounty. Add red to your cuisine by tossing a handful of raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, or pomegranate seeds into your salad or cereal, slicing roasted beets into a salad, or adding cooked red adzuki or kidney beans to a rice dish. Pecans could pass for nuts in the red category and buckwheat and amaranth grains will bring you health gains.</div>
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Entire article here: <a href="http://www.smmirror.com/?ajax#mode=single&view=32117" target="_blank">http://www.smmirror.com/?ajax#mode=single&view=32117</a>
 

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Awesome article!
 

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