Eat the Colours of the Rainbow

Eat the Colours of the Rainbow

Whatever we choose to eat, fruit and vegetables should make up about a third of what we consume daily.

With that in mind, variety is definitely the key to keeping your diet healthy and your taste buds tantalised! To get that maximum benefits of your five-a-day diet, think colour!The wider the range of colours the more health benefits you’ll’ reap. The various colours in fruit and vegetables represent differing unique and essential nutrients so the more colours you eat the more vitamins and minerals you’ll ingest.

 

Fruit/Veg Colour      

Red          

e.g. strawberries,tomatoes,

beets,cranberries etc

Examples of Nutritional Content 

Lycopen,Quercetin,Hesperidin and ellagic acid

Benefits

Lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of some cancers, protect the body from free-radicals.

reduce the risk of some cancers, protect the body from free-radicals.

 

Fruit/Veg Colour 

Orange /Yellow

e.g. carrots,grapefruits,butternut squash,oranges etc 

Examples of Nutritional Content 

Vitamin C, lycopene,flavonoids,potassium,beta carotene 

Benefits

Reduce the effects of ageing, lower cholesterol and

 

blood pressure, fight free- radicals, improve collagen formation

and promote healthy bones and joints.

 

Fruit/Veg Colour 

Green 

e.g. broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, cucumber etc

Examples of Nutritional Content 

Folate,fibre, calcium, beta – carotene, lutein, chlorophyll,vitamin C

Benefits

Reduce the risk of certain cancers, lower cholesterol & blood pressure,

boosts the immune system, fight free-radicals, maintain retinal vision and health

 

Fruit/Veg Colour

White

e.g. bananas, cauliflower,garlic,parsnips,white peaches etc

Examples of Nutritional Content 

EGCG,SDG,lignans and beta – glucans

Benefits

Boost the immune system, reduce the risk of certain cancers, balance hormone levels

 

Fruit/Veg Colour 

Blue/ Purple 

e.g. bluebarries,prunes,raisins,eggplant

Examples of Nutritional Content 

Vitamin C, fibre,flavonoids,lutein,zeaxanthin, ellagic,acid,quercetin 

Benefits

Maintain retinal health, boost the immune system,

improve digestion, assist mineral absorption,

help fight cancer cells, lower cholesterol, anti-inflammatory action.

 

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away

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