PureWow: What Is the Rainbow Diet (and Should I Try It)?
You’re probably already familiar with the phrase “eat the rainbow.” But have you heard about the rainbow diet? Here’s a beginner’s guide to this eating plan that combines nutrition with spiritual healing.
So, what is it? Created by nutritionist Dr. Deanna Minich, the rainbow diet is “a colorful, intelligent and intuitive system for putting together your eating and living in a holistic way that brings you vitality, energy and peace of mind.”
So, should I try it? Well, here’s the rub: It’s not quite clear how much science and research is behind the eating plan. For example, ginger is known to soothe nausea, but is eating more of it really going to help someone with chronic tummy pains? And what about other (non-rainbow-colored) foods like meat, bread and, most importantly, chocolate? Registered dietician Kellilyn Fierras gives us her take: “This diet allows for many nutrients and phytochemicals, which numerous studies show is associated with lower risk for some diseases.” So far, so good. But she also tells us that while she definitely recommends adding more color to your eating routine, she wouldn’t recommend following a specific diet based on colors only. And as for us? Until more research is available, we’ll just add one of these salads into our daily rotation instead.