Pleasing Kids’ Palates with a Varied Palette
Red fruits and vegetables are packed with healthy nutrients, especially the carotenoid lycopene, a chemical that is thought to protect against many forms of cancer, especially prostate cancer, as well as heart and lung disease. Lycopene, like many other phytochemicals (plant chemicals) is an antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body by reacting chemically with harmful substances known as free radicals to neutralize their damaging influence. Tomatoes (including processed tomatoes or tomato sauce) are a particularly excellent source of lycopene, as are pink grapefruit and watermelon.
Other red fruits and vegetables such as red grapes, strawberries, and raspberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins that protect cells from damage and have been linked to heart health.
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