Had enough of counting calories and avoiding carbs? Sick of protein shakes and power bars? Now you can say goodbye to fads and simply live by your color code. So say nutrition researcher James A. Joseph, Ph.D., endocrinologist Daniel Nadeua, M.D, and Newsweek health and medical writer Anne Underwood.
According to "the color code team," the secret to eating well involves incorporating a wide range of fruits and vegetables from four main color groups into your daily diet: red, orange-yellow, green, and blue-purple. Why color? Think phytochemicals, the disease-busting chemicals found in foods that go way beyond the nutrients you've probably already heard of and that come in a bottle like selenium or vitamin C. Different colors indicate different phytochemicals and different combinations of phytochemicals, which is why your meals should look something like a box of crayons. The Color Code presents a plan for doing just this, complete with a point-based system and plenty of original recipes to get you started.
If this sounds a bit gimmicky, it is, but the authors offer compelling arguments as to why loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables is so important. Whatever you make of their emphasis on color as a tool for encouraging diversity in the diet, you'll likely be impressed by their command of the latest scientific research and the many specific studies they cite to support their "pigment power" approach to obtaining optimal health. (P. L. Jennings)