The Best New Year's Resolution: Eat Rainbows
- The Best New Year's Resolution: Eat Rainbows
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 a 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
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 plant
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 enchanted
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."
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
which 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
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
discovered, and there are still plant hormones and
enzymes yet to be identified.
Remarkably, the one plant containing the greatest
amount of these wonderful phytochemicals is the
soybean. The tiny white soybean contains coumarins,
flavonoids, inositol, isoflavones, lignans, phenols,
plant sterols, protease inhibitors, saponins, and
Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils.
So, in this new year, visit your local produce
store once or twice each week and treat yourself
and family to a rainbow. Make this a tradition
never to be broken.