We always heard from our health- food advisor’s all the time that eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. But do we know the benefits of eating different coloured fruits and vegetables. This article will give you an insight on how eating different colour foods makes you healthy.
Tomatoes, Strawberries, Cranberries, Apples, Red Onions, Pink Grapefruit, Watermelons, Pomegranate.
Why should you have red colour in the diet?
1. Red fruits and vegetables often contain Carotenoid and Lycopene which is a powerful Antioxidant.
2. Tomatoes contain calcium and Vitamin K, which is essential in strengthening and performing minor repairs on the bones.
3. Tomatoes are rich in Potassium; they are effective in reducing cholesterol levels and lowering Blood Pressure.
4. Regular consumption of Pomegranate helps to cut the risk of Prostate Cancer.
5. Cranberries contain a substance that keeps bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and helps in preventing Urinary Tract Infections.
6. Watermelons are rich in Potassium which is helpful in washing away the toxic depositions in the Kidneys.
7. Pomegranate improves blood flow to Heart and protects Blood Vessels.
Blue and Purple
Brinjal/ Eggplant, Purple Cabbage, Grapes, Blue Berries, Beetroot, Black Currants
Why should you have blue and purple colour in the diet?
1. Blue and Purple vegetables and fruits contain Anthocyanins which has Antioxidant properties.
2. Regular consumption of l blue and purple vegetables and fruits limits damage caused to your cells by free radicals and lowers the risk of Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Macular Degeneration and Memory Problems.
3. Beetroot is a great source of Nitrates, which help widen the Arteries and Lower Blood Pressure.
4. Blue Berries enhances Brain Functioning and aids in Digestion.
5. Black Currants strengthen the Immune System and enhances metabolism.
Onions, Garlic, Banana, Cucumber, Celery, Fennel, Mushroom, Cauliflower
Why should you have white colour in the diet?
1. White fruits and vegetables get their colour from Polyphenol compounds with Antioxidant properties called Anthoxanthins.
2. Lowering Cholesterol, detoxing the body, preventing cancer and keeping blood pressure healthy.
3. White foods, like garlic, contain Allicin, which may help lower your risk for High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Cancer and Heart Disease.
4. Bananas help overcome depression as they are rich in Tryptophan which is converted into Serotonin the happy-mood Brain Neurotransmitter.
Spinach, Fenugreek, Broccoli, Green Pepper, Kiwi , Cabbage, Peas, Asparagus
Why should you have green colour in the diet?
1. Chlorophyll gives green fruits and vegetables their colour.
2. “Green vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin K, folic acid, potassium, as well as carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids,”“Folic acid is needed to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy, and vitamin K is essential in blood clot formation.
3. Spinach, Peas are rich sources of Lutein – a pigment in the eye that filters out damaging UV rays.
4. Kiwi gives you plenty of immune-boosting Vitamin C necessary for great skin.
Orange and Yellow
Papaya, Mangoes, Tomato, Red and Yellow Pepper, Carrots, Peaches,Pineapple
Why should you have orange and yellow colour in the diet?
1. Beta-Carotene is used by the body to make Vitamin A, which is vital for eyes, skin and health of mucous membranes in the nose and throat (so bacteria and viruses are less likely to penetrate).
2. Papaya is high in fibre and water content both of which prevent constipation.
3. Mangoes contain Vitamin A and C. Mangoes also have 25 different kinds of carotenoids that can boost the immune system.
4. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin A they work well to keep your hair strong and lustrous.
5. Peaches improves overall skin health.
6. Pineapple is a rich source of Manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue.
7. Mashed Papayas can be used to smoothen cracked and sore heels.