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I have read that specific colors of fruits/vegetables may prevent specific chronic diseases. Can you tell me which of these colors (you have a chart) are more apt to prevent say cancer or diabetes or heart disease or bladder infection, etc?

Fruits and vegetables provide a variety of nutrients and other beneficial compounds for the body. Many of those nutrients and beneficial compounds (but not all of them) are linked to color.  So if you work to eat a variety of colors each day, you are more likely to provide your body with the best combination of nutrition that it needs. The combination of the nutrients and beneficial compounds in these color groups may prevent different diseases and disorders. Our Health Benefits Document provides a review of the evidence that supports the many benefits of fruits and vegetables, including their link to cancer, diabetes and more.
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