Eating the rainbow is incorporating whole foods that have a variety of different colors. So when you think about the rainbow, what colors are in the rainbow. There's orange, yellow, red, blue, purple, green. It's a lot of colors and we're supposed to be eating all of them and every single day. And the reason for that is because all these different colors have a variety of different phytonutrients, also called phytochemicals, that are available and we need those in order to have a healthy diet and for our bodies to be nourished and fueled.
So, now you may be wondering what is a phytonutrient or phytochemical. That is a naturally occurring plant chemical and those are responsible for many of the health benefits that we receive from eating these plant foods. So these plant foods are like fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, herbs, spices. All of it is part of the rainbow because each phytochemical provides these different health benefits. It's really important that we do include a variety of these colors into our day-to-day diets and that is why, and that is where this term comes from of eating the rainbow.
If you missed Samantha's and Mike's discussion on Eat The Rainbow, you can still watch the full episode here (part 1) --> https://www.facebook.com/cobionic/videos/eat-the-rainbow-live-session-with-experts/2275879252597361