One of the most fascinating discoveries of recent food science has been the fact that we can see certain nutrients as color in our food. The pigments in living things such as plants, algae, and animals are actually compounds that perform a variety of biological functions for us.
For example, one well-known group of pigments are the carotenoids, which include nutrients such as beta carotene. Carotenoids give fruits and vegetables their yellow, orange, and green color; they act as antioxidants, protect our skin from chemicals and the sun’s ray, and provide the body with the components to make vitamin A on demand.
Pretty cool, right?!
And all it takes to replenish your body with these important nutrients is to remember to eat lots of green, yellow, and orange foods.