How healthy would it be to eat from a rainbow? Now you might have the chance.

Healthy eating advocates often tell people to “eat the rainbow.” It’s a simple way of reminding you that a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet will get you the vitamins and minerals you need. It also calls out the fact that you can learn a lot about your food just by looking at it. Here’s what it means, and how it works.

You may have heard the phrase “eat the rainbow” before—and not just in Skittles commercials. Dietitians, doctors, or other health and wellness advisors use the phrase to get people—especially children—to incorporate more fruits and veggies in their diets. On its face, it’s a good suggestion—but as simple as the catchphrase is, it hides some of the science behind why a variation of fruits and vegetables can be both pleasing to the eye and good for your health. Let’s take a look at the details, and why it’s a good idea to “eat the rainbow” at all.

  The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) empowers Floridians with limited resources to take control of their health. It teaches people how to eat healthy on a budget and to get physically active in order to reduce the risk of obesity and chronic disease. The FNP offers free nutrition education in schools, childcare centers, and in communities. It also works to improve access to healthy foods and change the environment in which adults and children make choices about food and fitness. The program is free and is offered in 37 Florida counties including Orange.

In Apopka, the next program will be Thurdsay> August 31st between 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM at the Apopka Job Connection Center which is located at 1312 East Semoran Boulevard 32703. All materials will be provided.


  1. Muscadines, Granny Smith apples, and red cherries. That’s what I like and buy. Forget those nasty little kiwi fruits, I don’t like those things, or persimmons either.

  2. I like the big Fordhook lima beans, the big fat green ones, and can never find them in the freezer section like I used to. I don’t go for those plantains that look like bananas either. I hate brussel sprouts, and rutabagas, too. Ugh. I think I would rather starve than eat those things.


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