Live in colour

17 Oct

We all know that we should eat colourful foods such as fruits and vegetables to remain healthy, however most of us do this without knowing how these foods help us to live a healthy life. Not only are most colourful foods low in saturated fat, contain only natural sugars and are high in many vitamins, there are also other benefits that you may not be aware of.

Here is a very brief summary of the many benefits that certain coloured foods can give us…

BLUE/PURPLE FOODS (blueberries, raisins, figs, plums, eggplant)

  • Blue and purple foods include antioxidants that protect cells from damage. They may also help reduce risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

RED FOODS (red apples, cranberries, red cabbage, tomatoes, strawberries, pomegranates)

  •  Red foods contain lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of cancer.

ORANGE/YELLOW FOODS (sweet potato, tangerines, pumpkin, peaches, pineapple, mango)

  • Orange and yellow foods contain substances that help maintain healthy mucous membranes and eyes. They also can lower the risk of heart attack.

GREEN FOODS (asparagus, avocado, lettuce, broccoli, cucumber, green peppers, melon, lime)

  • Green foods contain lutein and indoles that protect eyes and also protect against cancer

WHITE FOODS (bananas, cauliflower, ginger, onions, mushrooms, garlic, potatoes, turnips)

  • White foods can protect against stomach cancer and heart disease and can help to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.

 

So not only do we need to eat colourful food to stay on top of our weight, we need to eat it to gain all the benefits we have just read about. Most of the benefits detailed are preventative of horrible diseases such as cancer. As I said, this is a very  brief summary however hopefully it makes you think the next time you’re in the kitchen cooking a meal. COLOUR! COLOUR! COLOUR!

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