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Benefits of Colorful Foods

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Colorful food brings as much nutritional value to your stomach as it brings beauty to your plate. As one of the best restaurants in downtown Phoenix, it’s important to Noodle Bar PHX that our dishes are as nourishing as they are satisfying.

Here’s why you should dine colorfully with us, and always:

Benefits of Colorful Foods

  • Red

Red foods are delicious and many. We have chili peppers, bell peppers, pomegranates, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberry, peaches, and oh so much more! Reds are notorious for their lycopene carotenoids, phytochemicals that help the body by:

    • Decreasing the risk of disease, especially eye disease
    • Decreasing the risk of certain cancers
    • Converting to vitamin A
    • Absorbing damaging blue light that enters the eye
    • Enhancing prostate and breast health
    • Increasing good HDL and decreasing bad LDL (cholesterols)

Lycopene effects are boosted as they cook, so take liberty heating up this favorite fruits and veggies. Wondering how you might cook a fruit? Give a try! Throw watermelon or beets on the grill to serve a la carte or in a summer salad. Cranberries, cherries, and strawberry all make delicious dessert toppings, too.

  • Orange and Yellow

It’s easy to love bananas, papayas (just me?), oranges, clementines, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, pineapple, tangerines, corn and passion fruit, but now you have even more reasons to indulge in these delicious fruits and vegetables. Yellow and oranges aid the body in:

    • Clear, glowing, warm skin
    • High vitamin A (hello, healthy eyes!)
    • Bone and teeth fortification
  • Green

Greens have never had to work hard to earn their street veggie cred, but for some reasons, they are continually pushed aside on plates. Take some time to experiment with ways you cook, prepare or season your greens to your liking. Broccoli, Brussels, asparagus, peas, arugula, kale, spinach, bok choy and collard greens (and so, so much more!) Rein in the following benefits:

    • High source of vitamin A
    • High source of calcium
    • Regulates blood blotting
    • Cleanses liver
    • Protects against cancer
    • Loaded with potassium
    • Healthy bladder and protection against UTIs
  • Blue and Purple

Let’s take a moment to shine a light on our too often overlooked blues and purples: red cabbage, onions, grapes, plums, raisins, figs, prunes, blueberries, potatoes, eggplants and purple carrots.  Purples and blues are most famous for their brain power. Antioxidants in blues, such as blueberries (especially blueberries!), are super saturated and aid in memory, word recall, low blood pressure and reduced depressions. Other beloved benefits of the blues and purples are anti-aging, longevity and heart health.

  • White

We always knew this color existed after purple, right? White foods have curated a not-so-friendly reputation in the last few years as white bread, sugar, and pasta have stormed off of shelves and out of pantries. Don’t let white veggies and fruits fall victim to the same logic because these foods belong (rightfully so) in a category of their own. Try whites such as cauliflower, potatoes, bananas, celery, onions, mushrooms and the insides of kiwis. Although they can be starchier, these veggies provide a ton of nutritional punch alongside the carbohydrate fix they offer. Look to your whites for fiber, potassium, magnesium, and protein.

And there you have it! Dozens of new reasons to eat the vegetables your parents always raved about, and you always questioned whether or not they were telling the truth. Fruits and vegetables of all colors do so much for our health, and at Noodle Bar PHX, we pack our dishes with plenty of them. Come see us for a tasty and healthy food in downtown Phoenix and explore new ways to prepare your favorite rainbow foods.

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