Eat the rainbow
Updated: Feb 16
If you read my February blog, you probably recall I mentioned the best way to get diversity from our food is by eating a range of fruit and vegetables. This week I wanted to provide you with a bit more information on why this is the case. Below I have given an overview of the health benefits of foods based on their colour, hopefully helping you to understand why eating the rainbow is good for us.
#1 Health benefits of eating purple and blue foods
Eating foods such as Blueberries, Red Cabbage, Beetroot, Figs, Eggplants, Purple Carrots and Acai berries all have some amazing benefits in particular being high in antioxidants.
The benefits of eating foods of this colour include but are not limited to being high in fibre, supporting healthy cholesterol levels, immune-modulating capabilities, and has been shown to be useful against atopic and allergic conditions, particularly hay fever.
#2 Health benefits of eating red and pink foods
We are probably more familiar with eating foods of this colour as they are more commonly known. The foods we are referring to include Red onions, Tomatoes, Red Pepper, Radishes, Raspberries, Watermelon, Pink Grapefruit, and Rhubarb.
These foods are rich in antioxidants which are associated with a lower risk of both cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer. They are rich in folate acid and a good source of vitamin C.
#3 Health benefits of eating yellow and orange foods
Yellow and orange foods such as Apricots, Cantaloupe melon, Nectarines, Oranges, Yellow and Orange Peppers, Butternut Squash, Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoes can all be converted to vitamin A. Providing us with good immune and eye health. They also promote collagen
formation, lower blood pressure and help balance our pH levels.
There you have it, next time you do your food shopping, think about trying new foods and flavours if you are not sure where to start check out the recipes on my website.