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Feed Your Heart
We all know the road to good health isn't black-and-white, even when the landscape outside might be mostly shades of gray. And a colorful palette of a plate can help promote heart health while also pleasing the palate.
The phytonutrients in many vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables have links to various health benefits, including heart health. Let's take a quick look.
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Purple (or bluish):
Blueberries, grapes, beets, and other produce on this part of the spectrum are nutritional powerhouses. Among their other properties, they're high in anthocyanins, which are linked to multiple benefits, including cardiovascular health.1 (You'll find lots of this group in our Vineyard Blend, as well as beets in our Garden Blend.)
Tomatoes, pomegranates, cranberries, and other red fruits and veggies, like their purple or blue cousins, are high in anthocyanins. Tomatoes are also an excellent source of lycopene, which may help reduce risk for cardiovascular disease.2 (Tomato struts its stuff in our Garden Blend, while cranberry plays a role in Orchard and —along with pomegranates — Vineyard Blend.)
What makes spinach, broccoli, and those other green superstars so good for your heart? They're excellent sources of carotenoids, which have antioxidant properties.3 They're also good sources of vitamins A and K, calcium, potassium, fiber, and more. (Our Garden Blend features both spinach and broccoli.)
*Much simpler than it sounds — and it makes the kitchen smell wonderful too!