What Color Is Your Diet?: The 7 Colors of Health

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Many of us make the wrong food choices every day by consuming foods that were never intended for our genetic makeup. According to renowned medical researcher David Heber, M.D., all of our most common major diseases are caused by the imbalance between our modern diet and our DNA, which was laid down more than 50,000 years ago.

Now What Color Is Your Diet? introduces Dr. Heber's "Eat for Your Genes" food plans -- revolutionary approaches incorporating the latest breakthroughs in nutritional and genetic research -- and his unique 7 Colors of Health food-selection system, which groups fruits and vegetables by the colorful, beneficial chemical substances they contain. Dr. Heber shows you how to make the appropriate food choices to reduce your risks of heart disease, common forms of cancer, premature aging, and reduced vision and mental function -- and lose body fat at the same time.

The typical American diet features the brown and beige colors of meat and starches -- with fruits and vegetables often nowhere in sight. While almost every food has some nutritional value, many are virtually devoid of the powerful colorful chemicals that can protect your genes, your vision, and your heart and reduce inflammation in your body, helping to prevent common forms of cancer and other diseases. Dr. Heber shows you how to benefit from the rainbow of colors contained in a nutritionally rich, DNA-compatible diet. His easy-to-follow Color Code empowers you to start eating the foods that match your genetic inheritance.

This groundbreaking new work includes:

  • DNA-compatible food plans that supercharge your health and help you lose excess body fat

  • The fifteen most common myths about nutrition

  • Twenty fully Color-Coded recipes

  • Tips on colorizing your diet

  • An updated vitamin and supplement guide

  • The ten best herbal remedies for everyday health problems

  • Advice on traveling and dining out with the Color Code

  • Sample weekly menus for men and women

  • Helpful shopping lists for incorporating the 7 Colors of Health into your diet

The only book that teaches you how to eat specifically for your genetic makeup, What Color Is Your Diet? is an extraordinary tool to help you live a long, strong, vital life.

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"Most Americans eat far too few foods with any color in them," says David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. Instead, we tend to eat a high-fat, highly processed "beige diet" full of snack foods and refined grains (bread, cake, pastries) that don't fit the requirements of our genes. The average intake of fruits and vegetables is only 3 servings a day, when it should be 7 to 11 servings a day.

According to Heber, the varied colors in fruits and vegetables indicate "specific beneficial substances that help to prevent the common diseases that affect many of us as we get older." Damage to DNA leads to changes in our genes as we age that can result in diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. Substances found in plant foods protect our DNA.

Heber has coded plant foods into seven colors, all of which have different health-protecting qualities: red, red-purple, orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green, green, and white-green. "Colorize your diet" to protect your DNA by eating at least one serving (one-half cup cooked or one cup raw) of a fruit or vegetable from each color each day. Huber also suggests that at least half your protein intake be soy. He includes diet plans for men (1,800 to 2,000 calories) and women (1,200 to 1,400 calories) and 19 recipes to get you started. Though the emphasis is on plant-based foods, most of his recipes are not vegetarian. --Joan Price

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David Heber, M.D., PH.D., is at the cutting edge of medical research, investigating how nutrition and genes

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