When you were growing up, did your parents continuously ask you to eat your vegetables? Yet did they encourage a wider variety of colourful vegetables not only green? As an adult or parent, you are no longer satisfied by the plain salads however looking for fresh colourful fruits and vegetables from your veggie patch or the famers’ market.
By consuming a wide variety of colourful foods, it is a big plus on the healthy scale. But are you aware why colourful fruits and vegetables are good for you?
By eating a number of different coloured foods, this insures your body is getting enough essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and more. Eating this way not only can help to protect against many potential body ailments but also chronic diseases such as illnesses like the flu, cancers, digestive issues, declining vision, loss of bone density and can even help with weight management. In contrast to the dull and plain blandness, the variety of bright colours on your plate lifts your mood. By brightening up your plate it will brighten up your health alongside.
Here are some of the benefits of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables from the colours of the rainbow:
White foods are anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, which helps the body to fight infections and provide immune support. Examples include garlic, onions and cauliflower.
Green foods get their colour from chlorophyll, a natural blood purifier that supports the liver and kidneys to help eliminate toxins. Examples include broccoli, spinach and kiwi.
Yellow foods contain nutrients promoting good digestion and optimal brain function. These nutrients help in reducing inflammation, prevent allergies and maintain healthy skin. Examples include lemons, pineapples and grapefruit.
High in antioxidants such as vitamin C, these nutrients aid in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and infections by supporting the immune system. Examples include carrots, sweet potatoes and peaches.
Benefits the circulatory system by helping build healthy cell walls. Improves blood pressure, organ function and circulation. Examples include tomatoes, watermelon and cherries.
Purple foods contain most antioxidants of all the colours and therefore contribute to overall health, disease prevention and longevity. Examples include blueberries, eggplant and plums.
So empty out the cupboard and fridge, go to the grocery store and buy each colour in the fruit and vege section. You'd be SHOCKED at how easily this dietary need will solve the most common bloody question of "but what can I eat when I'm..." Eat your Seven Colours each day this question, as well as the need for sugar and starchy biscuits and muffins will DIE FOREVER!! ;)
This is the basis of ALL HEALTHY EATING, please share and spread.
In health and fitness,
Sam & Liv