18+ Red Vegetables with Benefits

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There are lots of red vegetables available in the local markets. The red color in vegetables is caused by phytochemicals called anthocyanins and carotenoids (such as lycopene).

Did you know that these substances are responsible for blue and purple colors in foods as well? Actually, the type of color and pigment anthocyanins create depends on their quantity and the pH inside the plant tissue.

Without any further delay, I am presenting you the most complex list of red vegetables.

LIST OF RED VEGETABLES

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VEGETABLE

COLOR LOCATION

1.

Red Bell Peppers

Inside-Out Red

2.

Red Chili Peppers

Inside-Out Red

3.

Cherry Tomatoes

Inside-Out Red

4.

Regular Tomatoes

Inside-Out Red

5.

Brandywine Tomatoes

Inside-Out Red

6.

Red Onion

Inside-Out Red

7.

Red Cabbage

Inside-Out Red

8.

Red Carrots (Atomic Red)

Inside-Out Red

9.

Red Corn

Inside-Out Red

10.

Red Chard

Inside-Out Red

11.

Red Leaf Lettuce

Inside-Out Red

12.

Red Potatoes

Inside-Out Red

13.

Radicchio

Inside-Out Red

14.

Beets

Inside-Out Red

15.

Radishes

Outside Red

16.

Rhubarb

Outside Red

17.

Red Okra

Outside Red

18.

Red Sweet Potato

Outside Red

IMAGE GALLERY OF RED FRUITS

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RED BELL PEPPERS

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RED CHILI PEPPERS

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CHERRY TOMATOES

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REGULAR TOMATOES

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BRANDYWINE TOMATOES

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RED ONION

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RED CABBAGE

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RED CARROTS (ATOMIC RED)

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RED CORN

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RED CHARD

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RED LEAF LETTUCE

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RED POTATOES

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RADICCHIO

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BEETS

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RED OKRA

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RED SWEET POTATO

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RADISHES

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RHUBARB

BENEFITS OF RED VEGETABLES FOR YOUR BODY

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Red vegetables are excellent for your health. Not only are these rich in dietary fiber, they also include various red pigments that provide many health benefits as these substances exhibit potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tendencies.

More precisely, there are several active substances in red vegetables that promote better health:

  • Vitamins A & C
  • Lycopene
  • Anthocyanins
  • Quercetin

Each of these substances provides special health benefits for your body and I am going to analyze them in the paragraphs below.

VITAMIN A

Vitamin A (more precisely its plant-based form called provitamin A or beta-carotene) is a very potent antioxidant that protects your body from harmful free radicals. Also, it is connected with these benefits:

You can find vitamin A mostly in brightly colored vegetables such as carrots or sweet potatoes.

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is a well-known substance. Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant that protects your body from harmful free radicals.

Also, it is connected with these benefits:

You can find vitamin C mostly in chili peppers. However, you can find it also in red fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and papaya.

LYCOPENE

One of the carotenoids, lycopene is a substance that gives a lot of vegetables its red color. Not only that, it is a potent antioxidant with many health benefits:

Did you know that lycopene is much more easily absorbed by your body when cooked? So don’t forget to place your tomatoes (one of the richest sources of lycopene that is technically a fruit) on the pan and heat them.

ANTHOCYANINS

These substances provide several benefits for your body:

  1. Help fight inflammation
  2. Help to lower LDL cholesterol (which is the “bad” cholesterol)
  3. Support eye health, specifically the health of the retina
  4. Help to boost the immune system
  5. Act as anticarcinogens (battles cancer-causing cells) especially throughout the digestive tract
  6. Reduce tumor growth
  7. Limit the activity of cancer cells throughout the body
  8. Help to reduce effects of Alzheimer´s disease
  9. Help protect your liver against alcohol damage

To my surprise, there have been conducted many research studies that have been dealing with anthocyanins. Just a quick online search will provide you with a lot of material to study.

QUERCETIN

Quercetin is another flavonoid hidden inside brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids, in general, have potent antioxidant properties and provide your body with these benefits:

As you can see, quercetin is a very potent substance that can help your body to function much better. It can be found most commonly in various types of peppers.

Just a girl obsessed with everything related to weight loss & feeling healthy. Christine is my pen name and I hope you will love the stuff I write. Been researching diets & health since 2013 and my articles helped over 12 000 000 readers to date. Please keep in mind that this site is for informational purposes only and that you always need to consult your decisions with your doctor.