A Rainbow of Benefits
Vegetables contain special disease-fighting compounds that help fight cell damage in the body, says Parents advisor Connie Diekman, RD. For the biggest protective punch, serve an array of different-colored veggies, because each hue has its own unique phytonutrients.
Veggies: Tomatoes, tomato sauce, radishes, red onion, red potatoes
Powers: Thought to lower the risk of developing some cancers, including stomach and prostate, and protect against heart disease.
Veggies: Purple cabbage, eggplant, purple peppers
Powers: Believed to help fight off certain cancers.
Veggies: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, green beans, celery, spinach, cucumbers, leafy greens, peas, green peppers, sugar snap peas, zucchini
Powers: May help protect against eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness.
Veggies: Butternut squash, carrots, yellow peppers, pumpkin, summer squash, yellow corn, yellow tomatoes
Powers: May boost immune function and protect against breast cancer.
Veggies: Cauliflower, turnips, jicama, kohlrabi
Powers: May help prevent some types of cancer.