21 Jul Why you should eat the rainbow
Many of us know that fruits and vegetables come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but did you know that each colour has different health benefits for your body?
Phytonutrients are the natural chemical compounds found in fruits and vegetables and are the reason plant based foods are so beneficial to eat. They help prevent cancer, heart disease and most chronic diseases, are anti-aging, boost the immune system and generally promote health.
Here is a list of the health benefits different fruit and vegetables can offer:
Green – kale, cucumber, courgette, peas, avocado, asparagus, green beans, all leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage
Boosts immunity, protects eyes, and supports healthy skin and blood, detoxifying, helps build red blood cells, and can support healthy hormone balance
Orange/Yellow – orange and yellow peppers, winter squash, carrots, apricots, oranges, grapefruit, salmon, and eggs
Source of vitamin A, has anti cancer properties, protects eyes and brain, strengthens the immune system
Red – tomatoes, watermelon, goji berries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries and red cabbage
Protects against heart disease, cancer and vision loss
Blue/Purple – blueberries, aubergines, raisins, grapes and red wine
Fights free radicals and have anti cancer properties, helps to balance hormones as well
White – onions, garlic, bananas, mushrooms, potatoes, ginger and turnips
Boosts immunity, has anti inflammatory properties, helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol
For me, variety is key. I always try and encourage people to add one or two different vegetables per week. Why not give it a go?