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Eat Colorfully for Your Heart

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Monday, 07 Aug 2017 04:41 PM Current | Bio | Archive

"In Living Color" was the Keenan Ivory Wayans’ and Damon Wayans’ comedy romp featuring Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx, plus many other yet-to-be-famous comedy writers, actors and dancers (Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Perez).

It had off-the-charts Nielsen ratings, won an Emmy, and made Fox TV so nervous (with Homey D. Clown and Fire Marshall Jim) that it lasted only four seasons, from 1990 to 1994.

Because laughter releases feel-good brain chemicals and is good for your heart, we could suggest that you binge watch reruns of the show.

But we have another idea: To protect your heart and happiness, go for living color in the vegetables you eat.

According to a study in the journal Atherosclerosis, lutein — one of the carotenoid pigments that gives many plants their colors (deep greens in kale, broccoli, turnip greens and spinach, and rich yellows and oranges in pumpkin, summer squash and corn) — also reduces chronic inflammation in people with coronary artery disease.

For the more than 28 million Americans currently diagnosed with heart disease, and the millions more who are at high risk, that's great news. You can avoid becoming one of the 600,000 people a year who die from heart attack.

Aim for two to three cups of colorful fresh veggies (raw or cooked) daily. That adds up to a salad with mixed dark greens at lunch, a cup of butternut squash soup and a cup of steamed spinach at dinner.

You'll live better and longer by eating in living color.

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