Carotenoids, Food Colors and Health… Green, Orange, Red, and Yellow

March 17, 2013

in BLOGS,Cancer,Carotenoids,Digestion,General,Health Protection,Heart Health,Peppermint,T-TAPP,Weight Loss

Welcome to this issue of "Living a Healthy Fit Life"
Editor's Note –
Carotenoids – Colors of Life

Today is a beautiful sunshiny day with a gentle breeze. Larry and I just got back from taking a stroll out in the woods of our property. We sat on a log in the sunshine enjoying one another’s company. It is so peaceful and calming just to enjoy nature as God put it around us.SONY DSC

Yesterday we both had appointments for our teeth to be cleaned and a dental exam. Everything looked good for both of us so that was a wonderful relief. We are so thankful we have our own teeth and do what we can to take care of them.. brushing twice a day and flossing every day. I try to use the water pik each night.. I believe it helps keep my gums healthy. It has been determined that gum disease can lead to other serious health issues such as heart disease so I do what I can.


As I mentioned in my last post, Larry is scheduled for a heart catheterization next week so we will hopefully find out the reason for the chest pains he has been having. Originally it was scheduled for this week but was pushed out. Waiting for medical tests and then waiting for results are two hard things to do but it seems we are at their mercy.


Meanwhile we are going to look at colors …



Carotenoids, Food Colors and Health… Green, Orange, Red, and Yellow


When you sit down to eat do you consider how the colors on your plate will affect your health? What do these colors mean to long term health? That will be the discussion in today’s article.


What do I mean when I say green, orange, red, and yellow foods? Mainly I will be discussing fruits and vegetables that have colorful flesh so I will not be discussing apples, bananas, or potatoes as their flesh is pretty pale in color. It doesn’t mean that apples and bananas or even potatoes do not provide nutrients; it just means they do not provide carotenoids.


Now what are carotenoids? There are many known carotenoids which are found in the human food chain of fruits and vegetables. These carotenoids are important to our health because of their protective power. Studies have shown that people who eat diets rich in carotenoids from natural foods are healthier and have fewer chronic illnesses.


Carotenoids are often thought of as ‘nature’s crayons’ and are the fat soluble colors found in fruits and vegetables. We are all exposed to free radical oxidation from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and when our body burns calories to produce energy. This free radical oxidation causes damage to our cells which puts us risk of developing illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and general immune dysfunction.


You have probably heard of Lycopene, astaxanthin, beta-carotene, lutein, and other names of carotenoids. I’ll not try to name more but the major point is that they all work together to protect our cells. Carotenoids are not interchangeable for one another. They may have specific functions but do not function well if alone or isolated. It is important that we take them in as a family as they are in the food nature has provided for us.


Let me give you an example of how they function. Lutein and zeaxanthin both play a big role in protecting the back of the eye from developing macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in the elderly. Yet neither lutein nor zeaxanthin work alone, they need one another as well as the entire family of carotenoids to fully protect the eye.


Another example is Lycopene which has been shown to prevent cancer and heart disease. Here again the Lycopene does not work alone, it must be accompanied by the rest of the carotenoids as found in tomatoes and watermelon.


I mentioned earlier that carotenoids are fat soluble. They are powerful antioxidants that have the ability to neutralize free radical oxygen thus reducing damage to the fatty part of our cells as well as reducing the risk of developing namely cancer and heart disease.


Some major carotenoid rich fruits and vegetables are:

  •  Leafy greens such as kale, collards, spinach, Swiss chard, mustard and beet greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Carrots
  • Red, orange, and yellow peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Avocados
  • Sweet potatoes and yams
  • Chili peppers
  • Mangos


Add good health to your life by adding colorful fruits and vegetables to your daily intake of food. How many servings of colorful fruits and vegetables do you eat daily? Ideally we should be eating a minimum of 5 servings and ideally as many as 13.




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(GNLD)Neo-Life’s Carotenoid Complex (3 capsules daily) has been proven in government USDA studies to:

  •  Boost overall immune response by 37% in just 20 days.
  • Increase natural killer cell levels by more than 21% in just 20 day.
  • Reduce blood lipid (fat) oxidation. Blood lipid oxidation contributes to arterial blockage that can lead to heart disease and stroke.
  • Prevent the oxidation of cellular lipids (fats) by 44%. Oxidation of cells can contribute to the onset of cancer and other diseases.


Just recently a new study by Harvard Researchers and National Cancer Institute shows that carotenoids protect against breast cancer.


Why do you need to consider (GNLD)Neo-Life’s Carotenoid Complex in addition to eating healthy serving of colorful fruits and vegetables?

  •  Each capsule provides a variety of carotenoid “family members” as they naturally occur in the human food chain in fruits and vegetables.
  • Each capsule has our exclusive blend of carotenoid-rich extracts and concentrates derived from whole tomatoes, carrots, spinach, red bell peppers, strawberries, apricots, and peaches.
  • Our unique formula has been tested and shown to deliver at least 15 powerful carotenoid family members.
  • Our advanced technology yields a 98% extraction efficiency processed under low-temperature and our oxygen-free encapsulation guarantees high potency of lipid-soluble carotenoid nutrients.
  • One capsule of Carotenoid Complex equals the antioxidant power of 800 IU’s of vitamin E.
  • Each capsule has a natural base of pure olive oil which promotes ingredient stability and helps optimize carotenoid absorption.
  • Each capsule contains pure lecithin from soybeans which helps stability of nutrients and aids in digestion.
  • There are no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners; truly 100% natural.
  • Each capsule provides the complete carotenoid value of an optimal serving of a wide variety of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables.
  • Each capsule is well qualified to fill the gaps in your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.


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I have had such amazing success of losing inches with T-Tapp; I hope you have started your journey to better fitness with T-Tapp.


Here are some tips for more success:

  •  On T-Tapp Twist, tuck a little more and keep ribs up when twisting to the side.
  • Many people straighten knees while pumping arms behind the back on Primary Back Stretch. Stay aware and keep knees bent. Think “ribs up” on each pump. Tighten glutes to help NOT lean forward on the arm pumps.
  • On plies, it’s very important to make sure both feet are turned out equally (one tends to want to turn out more.)


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Massage several drops on abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe minor stomach discomfort for motion sickness.

Rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (be careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of neck to relieve head pressure.

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PatIMG_8971  Pat is a Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Coach. 

Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others.  Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible. 


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1 Helena Bowers March 25, 2013 at 5:39 am

Thanks for all the great information Pat. I have had to re-learn how to eat healthy, so appreciate you sharing your knowledge and wisdom. 

2 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Helena, it seems there is always new information about nutrition and health that we either must blend into our lifestyle or change all together. It is a constant learning process.

3 Katrina March 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Being a chef I know how important it is to have a variety of color on you plate. Thank you for a great post and I love the fact that you listed some fruits and vegetable. Keep up the great posts!

4 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Katrina, thanks for the encouragement. There is a reason other than presentation to have that color on your plate. I bet you have some amazing recipes and ways of presenting them.

5 Ruth March 23, 2013 at 11:32 am

Great post, with lots of good information.  I know most of this and do my best to eat healthy.  At my age I can't afford to live on cheeseburgers.  I hope your husband's tests turn out well.

6 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Now, Ruth, just what is your age?.. just kidding. Mine is 69 but will be 70 in May. We do learn many things as we travel through life like it is definitely not a good idea to make a steady diet of cheeseburgers;-) My husband’s tests actually gave us good news and a more direct direction to focus on.. more on that in another article. Thanks for remembering.

7 Yvonne March 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Thank you sooo much for sharing all that knowledge with us!

8 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Yvonne, you are so welcome. Sharing what I have learned about nutrition and good health are my passion.

9 Delia @ Blog Formatting March 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Thanks so much for bringing awareness with these great health tips! I was just thinking how lucky I am that I like and eat most, if not all, of these veggies and fruit, wonderful!
I think we are also encouraging the kids too by our example, so I'm all for eating as healthy as possible!

10 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Delia, good for you that you are setting a good example for your children as far as your colorful fruits and veggies. Their long-term health as well as yours will definitely benefit.

11 Moira Hutchison March 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

Thanks for these fabulous tips and such a wealth of information Pat!  It's true that for good health – lots of color and balance is key… Sending you good thoughts for your husband's catheterization next week!

12 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Moira, thanks for the thoughts on my husband. The heart catheterization went well with great news that there are no blockages detected. A graft from his previous bypass surgery has occluded so that small artery is not functioning thus less blood flow to the heart.. more on this in a later post. We just have to increase blood flow so now we know what to focus on. Yes, one of the key to good health is color and balance.

13 Lisa Frederiksen - March 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

My gosh – another fantastic post filled with important health information. Thank you so much, Pat, for sharing your vast knowledge with us!

14 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

Lisa, my passion is to share information people can use and apply to their lifestyle.. thanks for reading.

15 Gary Hyman March 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Wow this post is packed with so much good information. I try my best to eat healthy, but not even close to the 13 servings a day. Love every colored veg you mentioned, and can't seem to get enough of avocados, mangoes & chili peppers. Thanks for sharing this info with us.

16 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Gary, glad you were able to grab good info from the article. Getting 13 servings a day is tough for anyone which is one reason I supplement even though I eat a big variety of colorful fruits & veggies. We eat avocados & cayenne pepper most every day and mangoes when we can get them in season. Keep up your trying.. it will pay off in your long-term health.

17 Dawn Lanier March 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Thanks for all the great information Pat! I eat and enjoy most of the 'Nature's crayons' you mentioned, but didn't realize until I read your post how important they were to overall health. Appreciate the tips!

18 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Dawn, that is great that you eat and enjoy most of nature’s crayons in fruits & veggies.. they are quite beneficial for long term health.

19 Sherie March 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Love the comparison of those colorful fruits and vegetables to a box of crayons! I like eating vegetables but tend to get stuck eating the same ones…I need to punch this up so that I can take advantage of all of the benefits!

20 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Sherie, I’m also guilty of getting stuck eating the same veggies & fruits most of the time.. part of it is supply for me and what is in season. Eating in season is very ideal and a good way to punch it up so you are getting more variety.

21 Daniele Holmberg March 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Great tips Pat!  We sometimes forget to eat healthy and we can usually tell by how we feel.  I love all of the research you put into your article. I must focus more on eating healthy, not just on my workout. Thank you!

22 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Daniele, you are so right about telling if we are eating right by how we feel. The research on nutrition is my cup to tea so am happy to share with others who are focused on other things. Keep focusing on eating healthy and you will gradually make positive changes.

23 Robin March 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Great info!  My mom always had us eat lots of colors when we were young, but I always thought it was just for fun, haha.  At least she got us to get in good habits at a young age. 

24 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Robin, your mom was right about eating lots of colors.. Mom’s usually know best! Keep up those good habits for your long term health.

25 Carla J Gardiner March 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Great information about the link between deep colorful foods, carotenoids and our heart health. It's pretty impressive, Pat when our bodies know what to use for what…to keep our heart strong beating to support all other aspects of our human bodily systems. Once I learned how our body can produce it's own anti-oxidants at a rate much higher than our foods, given the proper tools my health has greatly improved over the previous fifteen years of supplementation. Good job on helping bring much needed education to our online friends and family.

26 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Carla, yes, as you know tools are important when it comes to giving our body what it needs to function properly. I cannot even imagine where my health would be today at almost age 70 if I would not have been learning about those tools and using them. My passion is to share with others what I have learned.

27 Christiane Marshall March 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Great information Pat! I always try to eat a rainbow everyday.It's always good to use some kind of high quality supplement because our food supply may not be the best even if it looks good. I totally agree! 

28 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Christiane, it looks like I am sometimes preaching to the choir but it is usually worth reminding people of what they already know. It is true that more often than not our accessible food supply is short on nutrients because of depleted soil, chemicals, etc. which is a very good reason to supplement with products from a company we know and trust.

29 MamaRed March 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Oh Pat, great stuff and love those brightly colored foods (didn't know how good they are for me tho'). Wishing godspeed for your husband's cath procedure. That waiting stuff is a whole lot of no fun!

30 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm

MamaRed, colors are good for us in more ways than one. They can brighten our day and when eaten improve our health. My husband’s heart test gave us some good information which will guide us in the right direction for focus.. more on that in another article. Thanks for the good wishes.. they were appreciated.

31 Meire Weishaupt March 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

Pat it was very good to know all this info about the food colors, it is something that we don't give the importance that they deserve and they make a huge difference in our daily life! Thank you for the post!

32 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Meire, so glad you stopped by to read my article. In the busyness of daily life it is easy to not give much thought to the importance of certain foods unless we have the knowledge of what they do for us.

33 denny hagel March 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

Incredible valuable information here Pat! I have been really paying attention to the colors lately! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

34 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Denny, I’m glad you are paying attention to colors lately. They can make a difference in our long term health.

35 Martha Giffen March 19, 2013 at 8:02 am

I am learning SO much by reading your blog!  It's the little things that we need to pay attention to regarding our health, isn't it?  We have totally forgotten how to read labels and stay aware of all our daily vitamin needs.  Thanks for such useful info!

36 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Martha, that is great that you are learning things from my blog.. that I take as a compliment. Yes, even the little things like color can impact our health. Being aware of daily needs is so very important.

37 Carolyn Hughes March 19, 2013 at 6:57 am

I'm fortunate in that I get to grow many of my vegetables, but encouraging the children to eat more is sometimes difficult. But now I can describe them as 'nature's crayons.' Fabulous!

38 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Carolyn, talking about nature’s crayons is a positive way to encourage the children to eat more fruits and veggies. I know that can be a challenge but when I was raising our children, we as their parents sat the example and ate a good variety of foods with no complaining. I can name on less than one hand the vegetables & fruits my adult children to this day do not care for and we have 3 children. Our daughter does not care for cooked peas. Our oldest son does not care for tomatoes, brussels sprouts, & cantaloupe. Our youngest son will eat anything.

39 Erin March 19, 2013 at 4:35 am

Great tips and info for us to know about! Love the list of fruits and veggies here for us to refer back to so we know which ones have a high content of carotenoids. I'm glad to know I already eat many of these as they are some of my most favorite fruits and veggies.

40 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Erin, that is great that you already eat many carotenoid rich fruits and veggies. Glad you can use the list for a reference.

41 Meryl Hershey Beck March 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Pat, thank you for the great information and I love that you provided a list of veggies and fruits provide carotenoids. 

42 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

I find that most people like lists to refer to.. it makes it easier to remember. Thanks for reading.

43 Alexandra McAllister March 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Thank you so much for sharing all this great information, Pat. Like you, I also am doing my best to keep healthy and stress free.  I know you understand what I mean. 🙂  Sending positive vibes that all the tests will be just fine for your husband next week. Much love and blessings.

44 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

Hi Alexandra, Thanks for thinking about my husband and his heart tests. We finally got all the scheduling & insurance stuff squared away and he had the test on Fri., the 22nd. Good news, no blockages and the part of the heart that is functioning is actually doing well. One of the by pass grafts that was done 6 1/2 years ago has fallen away and is most likely the cause of his heart attack as well as the decreased blood flow to the heart. We have a followup appt this Wed. so will find out a little more. We are absolutely thrilled there were no blockages because that is very common in someone who has had previous blockage problems.. that means our current diet and supplement plan is working to keep things cleaned out.. so much to be thankful for. Stress is a big thing, as you know. It can deplete us of so many things.

45 Tom H March 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Great information on carotenoids and a colorful plate of food. I always tell my readers that it is o.k. to indulge in an occasional fatty and processed (brown) meal, although they should also remember to renew and regenerate their body with their meals 90% of the time. I always recommend that their plate has at least three naturally occurring colors to ensure a variety of nutrients.   

46 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

Good for you, Tom. You always share such scrumptious looking food. It is good that you also suggest to your readers that they should focus on healthy meals 90% of the time. Actually much of the food you talk about are not so bad if consumed once in a while and in right proportions. Also sugar consumption is bad when overdone but not as bad as all the products people indulge in that are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.

47 Explode Your Business ONLINE @Norma Doiron March 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Great tips again, Pat. We have got to stay on top of the health industry. No more handing ourselves over to an MD and letting him make all the decisions… Thanks!

48 Pat Moon March 25, 2013 at 11:18 am

You are correct, we must each stay on top of being informed about food and meds. It’s called personal responsibility.

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