The importance of a colorful diet
14 September 2021
Did you know that adding color to your meals will help you live a longer, healthier life? Colorful fruits and vegetables can paint a beautiful picture of health because they contain phytonutrients, compounds that give plants their rich colors as well as their distinctive tastes and aromas. Phytonutrients also strengthen a plant’s immune system. Naturally, colorful foods contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants our bodies need to live a healthy life. The bonus is that these natural healthy fruits and vegetables have few calories and fill you up fast. When eaten regularly, fruits and vegetables protect your body against cancer, heart disease, hypertension, and many other diseases.
Tomatoes, radishes, red cabbage, beets, red grapes, strawberries, watermelon, cherries, raspberries, pomegranates, cranberries, red apples
Red fruits and vegetables protect our hearts. Red color in most fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Orange and yellow
Beta carotene is what gives orange, yellow, and red vegetables its color. Beta carotene is a good source of antioxidants.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow peppers, bananas, pineapple, tangerines, pumpkin, squash, corn.
These are packed with nutrients that are known to protect your nervous system promote eye health and prevent heart diseases. They also play an important role in maintaining skin health, boosting your immune system and helping build strong bones
Green fruits and vegetables
Broccoli, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, peas, green pepper, green apples, kiwi, green grapes, lime, avocado
Packed with fiber, low in calories, and rich vitamins and minerals, greens have numerous benefits when eaten regularly. A diet high in greens reduces the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and is excellent for your mental health. Adding more of these fruits and veggies can help keep your cholesterol in check and make you look young at the same time.
Blue and purple
Blueberries, blackberries, Concord grapes, red/purple cabbage, eggplant, plums, elderberries
The health benefits if eating blue and purple coloured food includes anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, may benefit heart health, may lower your risk of neurological disorders, may improve brain function, may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, may lower your risk of certain cancers.
White and brown
Cauliflower, garlic, leeks, onions, mushrooms, daikon radish, parsnips, white potatoes
Health benefits- anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, may lower your risk of colon and other cancers, may benefit heart health