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What We’re Reading: Health At the End of the Rainbow

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We’ve all heard the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." But this advice can be difficult to follow if just thinking about apples makes you cringe. As diabetes blogger Birdie Loo admits on Aiming for Grace, knowing that fruits and vegetables are healthy doesn’t necessarily make incorporating them into your diet any easier. But for her, inspiration to adopt a healthier diet came from an unlikely source: a project by Malaysian-born artist Tattfoo Tan.

The installation, known as NMS, or the Nature Matching System, is a large mural composed of several rows of colored squares. But these aren’t just ordinary squares: All of the colors in the piece are drawn from various fruits and vegetables, including purple cabbage, artichokes, sour cherries, and golden kiwis, available at the artist’s local farmers market. In Tan’s words, the piece is “a reminder to consume your daily recommended doses of color.”

Tattfoo Tan isn’t the only one encouraging people to put some color on their plates. At www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov, a Web site run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is information about consuming the “colors of health,” including tips for getting a wider variety of colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet, fruit- and vegetable-oriented recipes, and a tool for analyzing the nutrition content of meals.

No matter where you find your inspiration, adding color to your palate can be fun—and it’s good for you!

This blog entry was written by Assistant Editor Diane Fennell.

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