Feb 06, 2015 6:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


Are you eating enough red fruits and vegetables? “Many varieties are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and can boost your health,” says Jamie Saunders, MS, a registered dietitian at University of Utah Health. Here are four red foods to incorporate into your diet:

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Red Foods

Pomegranates

While they can be tricky to deseed, this baseball-sized fruit packs a healthy punch. Pomegranate juice contains higher levels of antioxidants than other fruit juices, and some studies suggest that drinking pomegranate juice may lower cholesterol levels.

Tomatoes

This fruit—yes, fruit—not only delivers a dose of vitamins A and C, but it also contains lycopene, an antioxidant that may lower cancer risk. Tomatoes support good heart health and might also improve your skin, so eat up!

Red peppers

Did you know that red peppers have more than 10 times more beta carotene and 1.5% more vitamin C than green bell peppers? Red peppers, the most nutritious variety of peppers, also contain vitamin A and potassium.

Cranberries

Not just for the holidays, this superfood should have a place at your table year-round. Cranberries may improve urinary infections, reduce risk for cancer and lower blood pressure. They’re also an excellent source for vitamins C and E.

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