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?

Lily x

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