03/11/2012 10:46 am ET Updated Mar 11, 2012

Colorful Fruit And Vegetables For A More Nutritious You

By Melissa Roberts

If you're looking for an easy way to optimize your diet, go for color. Fruits and veggies of all shades contain phytonutrients -- plant compounds that work together to protect your health.

"These phytonutrients include antioxidants like carotenoids and anthocyanins that give produce its color and may play a role in preventing age-related diseases like cancer and heart disease," explains Elizabeth J. Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor at Tufts University.

Discover what eating more green, orange and red can do for you, and recipes that make the most of these brilliant bites.

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