“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips.

Special Blog Post By: Alex Navarro, Nutrition Education Coordinator, San Mateo County
food colors

It’s the turn of a new season that brings us a bit more sunshine, blooming wildflowers, longer days, and of course some sporadic rain. If the vibrant outdoor colors of grassy fields and beautiful gardens enhance our moods, what can the food colors on our plates do for us? The answer is A LOT!

The color of your food can tell you a lot about its nutritional value. By eating a variety of colors you will get the vitamins and minerals needed throughout the day, not to mention antioxidant benefits from head to toe. It also helps you stay on track with your health goals by adding variety to your diet without putting too much thought into it. You too will want to eat a rainbow!

Check out this table to easily understand the benefits of specific fruits and vegetables, and see how they can support our health:

food colors chart

Eating healthy shouldn’t have to be so complicated. Think nutrient-rich rather than “good” or “bad.” The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. Making these smart food choices can help you stay healthy, manage your weight, and give you the energy to stay physically active.

So the next time you’re ready to serve your plate, or your child’s plate, ask yourself, “What are these colors actually doing for me?”

***Read our past Nutrition Newbie posts.