Did you know that colour of food actually corresponds to its nutrients? In most cases anyway (I’m looking at you, Cheetos), the colour of food will reveal what kind of nutritional benefits you can get out of them. Each colour group provides something different. All the more reason to eat in rainbow.
Beta-carotene gives sweet potatos, butternut squash, and carrots their vibrant orange colour. Besides being hard to pronounce, beta-carotene converts in the body to vitamin A. Thus, the secret of carrots and their ability to improve vision is revealed, as vitamin A is essential for good vision.
In addition, vitamin A keeps skin and membranes supple and moist. At first this sounds pretty gross and meh. Who cares about membranes, am I right? But that’s what keeps your bowels moving, your protective nose mucus fresh and active, and your throat moist (so that you can eat!). Ok, maybe still gross, but super important.
Kate, spinach, broccoli, arugula — what do all these famous superfoods have in common? That’s right, they’re dark green. Dark green veggies are chock full of amazing vitamins and minerals: Iron, folate, vitamins A, C, and K. These green veggies are good for vision (again that vitamin A!), blood health, and they boost your immune system’s virus fighting powers.
Red foods are your best bet for heart health. The red colour comes from lycopene, an antioxidant. These red, lycopene rich foods protect against cancers like colon, skin, lung, and breast. They also protect against high cholesterol and heart disease. Antioxidants, like lycopene, are so powerful because they absorb free radicals, which are the evils of the body. Red foods include tomatoes, strawberries, cranberries, and watermelon.
The rich colour of eggplants, blackberries, and beets are due to antioxidants called anthocyanins. These are the same antioxidants found in red wine, which we know to be heart healthy (in reasonable amounts). Besides being pretty to look at (and potentially staining fingers/clothes), these antioxidants help with brain function (like memory), reduce risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol, and boosts immunity to cancers like prostate and breast.
Yellow foods are the less talked about than any of the other colours but they offer a bunch of nutritional benefits too. They’re usually packed with vitamins, particularly vitamin C, and increase your overall immune system. Yellow fruits like pineapple and papaya contain bromelain which is an enzyme that helps with digestive health. Yellow foods are also high in bioflavonoids which help strengthen collagen (a.k.a. keeping your skin wrinkle free).
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