eat more rainbows (go raw vegan!)
- Your new year's resolution should be to eat one more rainbow each day
than you did last year. Legend suggests that a pot of gold can be
found at the end of each rainbow. That treasure can be cashed in to
preserve your good health and ward off future disease.
Society considers that which is white, to be pure. Such a belief can
be deceptive. By shining white light through a prism, one is
instantly blessed with the hidden beauty and complex nature of our
universe. A pure white beam of light reveals its inner essense.
Most people can name the seven visible colors of the rainbow's
spectrum. Violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. Of
course, there are two other colors, often forgotten, but always
present, ultraviolet and infra- red.
Animals and insects feel these colors. Plants sense them too. While
we lack the same receptors and are blind to their existance, our
handicap cannot negate their influence.
The ultras and infras of plants are magical substances, indeed! They
include plant chemicals, or phyto chemicals, such as isoflavones and
bioflavinoids. Science teaches us that plants protect themselves from
attack with their own secretions and chemical messengers. Vegetables
repel insects who would eat them, and blossoms attract other insects
with a perfume so that their pollens can be spread and their species
self-propagate. Plants protect themselves from too much heat, or
cold, or wind, or too much moisture, maintaining their own good
health with their specialized hormones. Plants can cure their own
sicknesses and cancers by secreting and bathing themselves with these
When we eat the plants, we are similarly protected. Modern science
has confirmed the centuries-old traditions and lore from cultures
that refined the sacred techniques of using foods as medicine. We
have often heart that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Such
Today's Perfect Rainbow
Eat foods of color. The perfect color can be found right in the
middle of our rainbow, the color green.
Eat green for wellness.
In the 1980s, scientists first began to explore how phytochemicals
prevent cancers. A great amount of emphasis was placed upon the
fruits and vegetables that contain vibrant colors. The best known of
these wonder drugs was recognized as beta carotene. That's what gives
carrots their bright orange hue.
In the 1990s, scientists at the University of Minnesota (Steinmetz,
et. al.) categorized different groups of fruits and vegetables
demonstrating life giving, disease fighting qualities. In doing so,
they defined some of those magic colors, and the phytochemicals so
contained within those pigments.
The violet, indigo and blues of the plant kingdom include phenols and
dithiolthiolnines contained in eggplant, cruciferous vegetables,
grapes, plums, and grains.
Eat onions and shallots, leeks, scallions and garlic for cancer-
fighting alliums. Those green leafy vegetables contain flavonoids,
and inositol is found in beans. Green fruits and veggies contain
phenols, and plant sterols, protease inhibitors and saponins.
Yellow limonines contained in citrus fruit and squash have also been
identified as cancer fighters, as have the orange carotines in
carrots, and my all-time favorite vitamin pill, the cantaloupe.
Balancing out the rainbow's spectrum would be the red phenols in
peppers, radishes, and tomatoes.
Tens of thousands of unique substances have been identified, and
there are still plant hormones and enzymes yet to be discovered.
Remarkably, the one plant containing the greatest amount of these
wonderful phytochemicals is the soybean. The tiny soybean contains
coumarins, flavonoids, inositol, isoflavones, lignans, phenols, plant
sterols, protease inhibitors, saponins, and Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils.
So, on new year's eve, visit your local produce store and treat
yourself and family to a rainbow. Make this a daily tradition never
to be broken."
Robert Cohen, 12/30/05