Fruits and vegetables do not have to be colorful to be nutritious!
Let’s stop judging a food by its color! Plenty of white foods are plenty nutritious. Here are 13 to add to your shopping list. And check out this video to learn more about white fruits and vegetables.
- Onions, garlic and other members of the allium family of vegetables are linked to lower risks of stomach cancer. Garlic, in particular, is thought to lower the risk of colorectal cancer.
- White potatoes are an economical source of potassium, an under-consumed nutrient important in blood pressure regulation. Potatoes are also sources of dietary fiber, another under-consumed nutrient. (And just for full disclosure: I previously consulted to the Alliance for Potato Research and Education, but they have not paid me for this post.)
- Bananas provide vitamins B6 and C, dietary fiber and potassium.
- Cauliflower and cabbage are cruciferous vegetables that like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and others contain important health-boosting compounds. Cruciferous vegetables are studied for their potential role in cancer prevention.
- Apples are a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. They also contain quercetin, a phytochemical which exhibits both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. One study found that a high consumption of white fruits and vegetables, mainly comprising apples and pears, may protect against stroke.
And let’s not forget tofu, fish, white beans, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt and on and on. These are all nutritious white foods.
What common nutrition advice is on your pet peeve list?