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What Color Is Your Diet?

What It Is

What Color Is Your Diet? is a diet for health, especially cancer prevention. It's not specifically a weight-loss diet. But as it warns against sugars and fats, promotes exercise, and encourages sensible portions of healthy foods, a person following the diet would eventually lose excess weight.

What Color Is Your Diet? author David Heber, MD, PhD, is no lightweight in terms of academic credentials. He's the founding director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

What You Can Eat

If its natural color is intense, it's on the menu. We're talking red tomatoes here, not red meat. The basic idea is to eat a lot of different vegetables and fruits -- about a pound a day.

On the menu:

  • Soy
  • White poultry meat
  • Egg whites
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Olive and avocado oils

Off the menu:

  • High-fat red meats
  • Whole eggs
  • Farmed salmon
  • Butter and margarine

How It Works

The idea is that colors don't just make food pretty. They are there because specific nutrients have specific colors. The deeper the color of a food, the more of that kind of nutrient it has.