Did You Know That… Colorful Foods

Did you know that there are colorful foods that can be compared with the colors of the rainbow? Continue reading to find more information.

Research has shown that a colorful diet can strengthen your immune system and contribute to your overall health. Why is this so and what does it mean?

This means that each color in fruits and vegetables contains its specific phytonutrients, that the body needs for proper functioning, and vice versa, each color is created by certain phytonutrients. This means that there are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white phytonutrients.

Types of colorful foods

Healthy Red Food

Red fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals such as lycopene, ellagic acid, citrulline, and beta-carotene. Red foods include:

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cranberries
  • Red grapes
  • Cherries
  • Pomegranate
  • Red apples
  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Red onions
  • Kidney beans
  • Red peppers

It is known that red food protects against some types of cancer, and cardiovascular diseases reduce the risk of diabetes and improves skin quality.

Orange and Yellow Food

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C, carotenoids, and antioxidants that help maintain healthy vision, prevent cataracts and reduce eye damage. They also improve blood circulation, improve immune function, and maintain heart health and overall health. Orange and yellow foods include:

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Bananas
  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Grapefruits
  • Winter squash
  • Yellow summer squash
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Orange and yellow peppers

Green Fruits and Vegetables

Green fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as vitamin A and C, potassium, iron, calcium magnesium, folate and phytochemicals. They are also a good source of fibre. Green fruits and vegetables include:

  • Green apples
  • Green grapes
  • Avocados
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Green beans
  • Zucchini
  • Green cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus

Eating green fruits and vegetables can improve immune and cognitive function, maintain bone health, detoxify the body and restore energy.

Purple and Blue Fruits and Vegetables

Purple and blue fruits and vegetables are rich in resveratrol, anthocyanins, and antioxidants. They contain vitamins C, K, B6, B12, iron, and fibre. These nutrients are known to protect against DNA damage, can help prevent and repair cellular damage, cancer, heart and neurological conditions and improve digestion. Purple and blue fruits and vegetables include:

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Prunes
  • Plums
  • Purple grapes
  • Figs
  • Raisins
  • Purple onions
  • Purple cauliflower
  • Purple cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Purple potatoes

White Fruits and Vegetables

White fruits and vegetables are rich in sulphur, allicin, quercetin, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin K, B-complex vitamins, folate, and manganese. They are also a good source of fibre. White fruits and vegetables include:

  • White peaches
  • Turnips
  • Parsnip
  • Cauliflower
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • White radish
  • Mushrooms

It is known that white fruits and vegetables protect against some types of cancer and inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and contribute to overall health.

Use colorful foods in your everyday diet!

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➥ DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended to replace medical treatment. The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.