An increasing body of evidence suggests that red fruits and vegetables such as raspberries, tomatoes, beets, strawberries, cherries, and cranberries are good for us. The “red” nature provides in its fruits and veggies offers more than just a splash of color! These foods are packed with powerful antioxidants that may help fight heart disease, prostate cancer, reduce the risk of macular degeneration and strokes. The antioxidant properties in red food, such as lycopene and anthocyanins, help to absorb free radicals which in turn prevents damage to our blood cells.
So does research support these claims? According to Lona Sandon, Professor of Nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, yes it does. She states the evidence is convincing, as “there are many red fruits and vegetables that add different benefits to our diets”.
Cranberries for example have been used for centuries to cure urinary tract ailments. Cranberries are loaded with proanthocyanidins, and are highly concentrated with vitamin C. Recent studies have shown that cranberries also play a role in causing the death of cancer cells in lab studies. Sandon states “Cranberries can stop bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls and may even prevent H pylori, the bacteria responsible for many stomach ulcers”.