Taste the Rainbow: Rosa Mendes' color-coordinated nutrition guide

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June 11, 2013


What to eat: Tomatoes, red peppers, cherries and watermelon

Benefits: Crimson crops contain lycopene, a phytochemical that’s believed to thwart prostate cancer. According to Dr. Plasker, red produce also contains powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals (destructive molecules kicking around your system); ultimately, these foods may reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, and help prevent dangerous blood clots from forming.

Rosa’s tip: “I make a Costa Rican salad with finely chopped tomatoes, red peppers, onions and cilantro topped with a spritz of fresh lemon. You can eat it as a side dish or add it to fajitas.”

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