On May 20, 2014, The Lutheran Village at MILLER’S GRANT, a planned not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Ellicott City, hosted Dr. Phyllis Famularo. Dr. Famularo, who has over 25 years in providing nutrition services for older adults, is a leading nutritionist in the Mid-Atlantic for SODEXO Senior Living, which provides dining services for senior healthcare and living providers.
Dr. Phyllis or Dr. Phil as she was affectionately introduced spoke on the benefits of healthy eating habits and the link between aging well.
Dr. Phyllis explained the health benefits of eating a variety of foods. Examples discussed were the important role colored fruits and vegetables. Each different color fruit and vegetable contains unique health components that are beneficial to our health.
Red Fruits and Vegetables
Contain nutrients such as lycopene and Quercetin. These nutrients reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth and LDL cholesterol levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support join tissue in arthritis cases.
Orange and Yellow fruits and vegetables
Contain beta-carotene, potassium and vitamin C. These nutrients reduce age-related macula degeneration and the risk of prostate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, promote collagen formation and healthy joints.
Green vegetables and Fruit
Green vegetables contain fiber and calcium. The nutrients found in these vegetables reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels.
Blue and purple fruits and vegetables
Similar to the previous nutrients, these nutrients support retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion and, improve calcium and other mineral.
White fruits and vegetables
Contain nutrients provide powerful immune boosting activity reducing the risk associated with cancers, and balance hormone levels.
The best advice….Eat a rainbow of colored fruits and vegetable and limit process foods to enhance optimal health.