Red Food: red is the color of love for a reason

Red food

They always say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I have always thought this was a funny expression, but I have to admit Tom cares more about good tasting food than I do. I eat to stay healthy. 

And especially when you are getting older it’s important to look carefully at what you eat. The emphasis lies on variety. Second important aspect is to look at which part of your body and health needs extra attention.

For example: my husband had a couple of fierce gout attacks years ago and has kept a purine-free diet ever since. I have a tendency for arthritis, so I avoid among other things the use of salt and alcohol.

The biggest advantage of red food

When you ask a random group of people what their favorite color is, a lot of them will answer RED. Given my background as an artist and photographer I am mainly interested in color as part of an image, but once you dive into color as representative for nutrients a whole new world opens up to you.

For Tom and me red food is especially favorite. Most red fruit and vegetables contain loads of antioxidants that are great for our blood veins. Over here in Spain it’s custom to eat something around 11 a.m. (Spaniards eat 5 times a day!) and when we are out having a cup of coffee or tea we usually join them by eating a tostada con tomate (toast with tomato). I even like that more nowadays then the pastries we were used to have in Holland.

Red food contains loads of antioxidants

Red fruit

  • Strawberry
  • Cherry
  • Cranberry
  • Goji (one of the superfoods)
  • Red apple
  • Pomegranate

Red vegetables

  • Red tomatoes
  • Red bell pepper
  • Radishes
  • Red chili pepper
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Red onion

More than just antioxidants

Red paprika

Specific kinds of red food have specific characteristics. For example, if you are easily bothered by cystitis, cranberry is good for you. You can drink cranberry juice or make tea from it.

Watermelon contains lycopene,which decreases LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is the ‘bad’ cholesterol which increases the risk for heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. 

I have to add that science not always agrees on the outcome of tests. You will probably find just as many specialists that say cranberry juice helps with bladder problems as others who say it doesn’t.

Making me a big advocate of testing food on yourself. There is no “One size fits all” approach.

List of advantages

Nevertheless, the list of claimed advantages of red food is very appealing, don’t you think?

  1. Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
  2. Protects the body from prostate, cervical and lung cancer
  3. Reduces tumor growth
  4. Protects the body from  harmful free-radicals
  5. Protects the body against heart disease
  6. Lowers blood pressure
  7. Lowers LDL cholesterol
  8. Supports joint tissue for those with arthritis
  9. Is an aid in gastrointestinal health

An easy recipe

Tostada con tomate

Making a tostada con tomate yourself is really easy. And if you buy organic tomatoes and whole-wheat bread with seeds it’s even more tasty than in a Spanish bar.

  • 3 tomatoes
  • bread
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • blender

Blend the tomatoes. Roast the bread in the oven. Drip oil to your liking on the bread and cover it with tomato sauce.

Did you accidently made too much sauce then you can use that for example on an omelet together with some dried or fresh herbs.

Enjoy and stay healthy!

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