Health & Wellness

See Red, Fight Cancer

The beautiful color of red fruits and vegetables comes from a compound called Lycopene. Emerging as the most powerful antioxidant of the carotenoid family, Lycopene, and a flavonoid called anthocyanin which lends reddish to purple tints to produce, may help reduce the risk of some types of cancers.

Enjoying red fruits and vegetables can also help with:

  • Heart health
  • Memory function
  • Urinary tract health

  • Cherry

    Cherry

    Fat free and low in calories, cherries are high in Potassium, Vitamin C and B Complex. They're also a sweet source of Antioxidants and Boron. Even more reasons to cherish cherries!

    Trivia

    Bing is the leading variety, developed first in Oregon by a pioneer grower, just over 100 years ago, who named it for one of his Chinese workmen.

    Sweet, juicy cherries are one of summer’s best treats. There are several delicious varieties to choose from, the most popular being the Bing, the Lambert, and the Rainier. Bing cherries are large, round, extra-sweet with purple-red flesh and a deep red skin that verges on black when fully ripe. Lambert cherries are a smaller, heart-shaped red cherry similar in taste and texture to the Bing. Rainier cherries have golden yellow flesh and skin with blushing rosy overtones, and they have a flavor that is sweeter more mellow than the bing.

    In Season: Summer

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  • Cranberry

    Cranberry

    Terrifically tart, these scarlet-colored berries are a good source of an antioxidant compound called elagic acid, and contain Flavonoids, Quercetin and Myricetin. Darker cranberries also have a third compound, Kaempferol.

    Preparation Tips

    Since cranberries are very seasonal, it is helpful to know that they can be frozen. For example, buy an extra bag or two during Thanksgiving and freeze them if you like to make your own cranberry sauce for Christmas dinner. Do not thaw frozen cranberries. Simply rinse with cold water and use immediately after removing them from the freezer. Frozen berries are best in glazes and sauces.

    Trivia

    Cranberry sauce was an invention of American Indians who cooked cranberries with honey or maple sugar, to eat with their meat. The plant is native to peat and bog areas of northern latitudes around the globe. American berries are unique for their large size and commercial production is confined to North America.

    Only about 10 percent of the commercial crop is sold fresh, and the rest are frozen or canned. This is the time of year to enjoy fresh cranberries. Fresh cranberries do freeze very well, so buy an extra bag or two early in the season for use later on when they are not as plentiful in stores.

    In Season: Autumn

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  • Pomegranate

    Pomegranate

    Supplying 8% of the recommended daily intake of carbohydrates, this cholesterol and fat free fruit is a good source of Vitamin C, and is also low in Sodium.

  • Radicchio

    Radicchio

    Low in calories and Sodium, this flavorful red-leafed lettuce is a good source of Vitamin C, and free of cholesterol and saturated fat.

  • Red Apple

    Red Apple

    Apples can help reduce the risk of many diseases, including cancer, asthma and heart disease. Apples are a great source of fiber, too. In fact, one large apple supplies 5 grams of fiber, which is about 20% of the recommended daily intake.

  • Red Grapefruit

    Red Grapefruit

    Red grapefruits supply 110% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C! They are also a good source of Vitamin A and contain Flavonoids as well as minerals such as Folate, Iron and Calcium!

  • Red Grapes

    Red Grapes

    A good source of Vitamin C, red grapes contain the phytonutrients Resveratrol, Quercetin, anthocyanin and Catechin, making them a nutritious snack that\t’s as healthy as it is sweet

  • Red Pepper

    Red Pepper

    Containing Phytochemicals including Coumarins, red peppers are also an excellent source of vitamins C and A.

  • Strawberry

    Strawberry

    Like all red fruits, strawberries contain Lycopene and Antioxidants. They\’re also a great source of Vitamin C and do not contain saturated fats or cholesterol. With only 50 calories per serving and 9 grams of dietary fiber in just one cup, they’re a great healthy snack!

    Trivia

    Ancestors of the strawberry were discovered in the 18th Century by French explorers in Chile. The plump, red berries were cultivated by the Indians in South America. The explorers brought several plants back to France, where the berry was crossed with a wild meadow strawberry that previously had been discovered in Virginia. The resulting berry was a forerunner of our modern strawberry. (Source: California Strawberry Advisory Board)

    Not only are strawberries a delicious treat, they are incredibly good for you too. The deep red color of these berries comes from a high content of anthocyanins, a potent antioxidant that has repeatedly been shown to help protect cell structures in the body.

    In Season: Summer

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  • Tomato

    Tomato

    Supplying 50% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and 20% of Vitamin A, tomatoes are low in fat and calories, and high in Lycopene. They\'re also saturated fat, Sodium and cholesterol-free!

    Preparation Tips

    Do not refrigerate tomatoes! They will retain their flavor and ripen correctly at room temperature. Once they are ripe, use within 3 days.

    Trivia

    This vegetable is actually a berry, and is thought to have come first from the Andes mountains, and the present name is close to the Indian name. It belongs to the nightshade family, along with potatoes, eggplants, peppers and tobacco.

    In Europe, where it was taken by the Spanish, the tomato was grown only as a ornamental for many years. Eating tomatoes was considered certain to prove fatal. Even in North America, it has been only in the past 150 years that people mustered enough courage to try eating them. That all changed starting on the courthouse steps in Salem, New Jersey, at twelve o'clock noon on September 26, 1820, when Colonel Robert G. Johnson ate not one, but a basketful of tomatoes. He not only lived, he wasn't a bit ill following his demonstration.

    In 1893 , the Supreme Court ruled that the tomato must be considered a vegetable, even though, botanically, it is a fruit. Because vegetables and fruits were subject to different import duties, it was necessary to define it as one or the other. So, tomatoes were declared to be a vegetable given that it was commonly eaten as one. (Source: The Packer, 6/9/90)

    Tomatoes were popularized in this country when the Creoles in New Orleans included them in their popular gumbos and jambalayas. (Source: The California Tomato Board.)

    Nothing reflects the vibrant color and warmth of summer like tomatoes. While tomatoes are available year round, the flavor of fresh summer tomatoes simply can't be beat!

    In Season: Summer

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  • Watermelon

    Watermelon

    Low in saturated fat and high in Lycopene, sweet and juicy watermelon contains Vitamin A, B6 and Vitamin C.

    Watermelon is a sweet treat you can feel great about indulging in. It's fat free, low in calories and contains key vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins A, B6, C, and cancer-fighting lycopene. On a warm spring afternoon there is nothing like sweet refreshing watermelon, so grab a slice or two (or three, or four...) and enjoy.

    In Season: Spring — Summer

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Cherry

Cherry

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Cranberry

Cranberry

Terrifically tart, these scarlet-colored berries are a good source of an antioxidant compound called elagic acid, and contain Flavonoids" title="A group of compounds with antioxidant properties, are found in carrots, tea, citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, peppers, squash, tomatoes, soybeans,...">Flavonoids, Quercetin" title="A flavanoid with antioxidant qualities, which helps eliminate free radicals in the body, inhibits low-density lipoprotein oxidation, protects and regenerates...">Quercetin and Myricetin" title="A naturally occurring flavonoid that is found in berries, fruits, vegetables, herbs, tea and wine. Many in vitro studies have...">Myricetin. Darker cranberries also have a third compound, Kaempferol" title="Among other functions, it may block Carcinogens as well as slow the growth and spread of cancer cells. It also...">Kaempferol.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

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Radicchio

Radicchio

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Red Apple

Red Apple

Apples can help reduce the risk of many diseases, including cancer, asthma and heart disease. Apples are a great source of fiber, too. In fact, one large apple supplies 5 grams of fiber, which is about 20% of the recommended daily intake.

Red Grapefruit

Red Grapefruit

Red grapefruits supply 110% of the recommended daily intake of Iron, promotes healthy gums, and is an...">Vitamin C! They are also a good source of Vitamin A and contain Flavonoids" title="A group of compounds with antioxidant properties, are found in carrots, tea, citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, peppers, squash, tomatoes, soybeans,...">Flavonoids as well as minerals such as Folate" title="Is the naturally occurring form of Folic Acid found in leafy green vegetables and fortified grains. It is also part...">Folate, Iron" title="A necessary mineral for the proper function of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. It is...">Iron and Calcium" title="The most plentiful mineral in the body and one of the most important. The body needs it to build and...">Calcium!

Red Grapes

Red Grapes

A good source of Iron, promotes healthy gums, and is an...">Vitamin C, red grapes contain the phytonutrients Resveratrol" title="A natural dietary compound also effecting the immune system and inflammation in the body. Both immune and inflammatory components are...">Resveratrol, Quercetin" title="A flavanoid with antioxidant qualities, which helps eliminate free radicals in the body, inhibits low-density lipoprotein oxidation, protects and regenerates...">Quercetin, anthocyanin and Catechin" title="A subclass of Flavonoids found in grapes and tea. Up to 30% of the dry weight of green tea leaves...">Catechin, making them a nutritious snack that\t’s as healthy as it is sweet

Red Pepper

Red Pepper

Containing Phytochemicals" title="A global term for all the hundreds of chemicals that occur naturally in plants.">Phytochemicals including Coumarins" title="A class of widely occurring phenolic compounds, especially abundant in citrus fruits, that may help the enzymes that fend off...">Coumarins, red peppers are also an excellent source of vitamins C and A.

Strawberry

Strawberry

Like all red fruits, strawberries contain Lycopene" title="Antioxidant shown to reduce prostate cancer and inhibits other cancer development; red pigment is from Carotenoids.">Lycopene and Antioxidants" title="Counteract the oxidizing (burning) effects of free radicals, harmful molecules that can cause cellular damage throughout the body. Besides leading...">Antioxidants. They\’re also a great source of Iron, promotes healthy gums, and is an...">Vitamin C and do not contain saturated fats or cholesterol. With only 50 calories per serving and 9 grams of dietary fiber in just one cup, they’re a great healthy snack!

Tomato

Tomato

Supplying 50% of the recommended daily intake of Iron, promotes healthy gums, and is an...">Vitamin C and 20% of Vitamin A, tomatoes are low in fat and calories, and high in Lycopene" title="Antioxidant shown to reduce prostate cancer and inhibits other cancer development; red pigment is from Carotenoids.">Lycopene. They\'re also saturated fat, Sodium" title="One of the most important minerals in the body. It is an electrolyte, which means it carries an electrical charge...">Sodium and cholesterol-free!

Watermelon

Watermelon

Low in saturated fat and high in Lycopene" title="Antioxidant shown to reduce prostate cancer and inhibits other cancer development; red pigment is from Carotenoids.">Lycopene, sweet and juicy watermelon contains Vitamin A, B6 and Iron, promotes healthy gums, and is an...">Vitamin C.