We all know that eating sufficient servings of fruits and vegetables everyday will help to keep the doctor away. Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and a great variety of phytochemicals (some of which acts as anti-oxidants) that are essential for good health.
Since many phytochemicals give fruits and vegetables their color, eating fruits and vegetables have has never been more fun and easy. Just remember these five amazing colors and you can be sure you are getting a wide range of phytochemicals and nutrients in your diet!
Each color group above tends to correspond to different combinations of nutrients and phytochemicals.
Yellow / Orange
Vegetables and fruits in the Yellow/Orange group contain phytochemicals such as beta-carotene and flavonoids. Along with Vitamin C, these phytochemicals are being studied for the role they may play in reducing the risk of heart disease, some cancers and slowing aging. Beta carotene is known to be beneficial for eye health. It also protects cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, enhance the functioning of the immune system and reproductive system. Flavonoids also have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and vasodilatory effect. Examples of Yellow/Orange vegetables and fruits that are commonly available globally and almost year round are oranges, lemons, cantaloupes, yellow and orange peppers, carrots and pineapples.
Blue / Purple
White / Tan / Brown
So start making your plate colorful today!