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Why You Should Eat the Colours of the Rainbow to Boost Your Health
What do I mean when I recommend you eat the colours of the rainbow? Look around and you will see a vast array of colours when it comes to fruits and vegetables. From red to blue to green to yellow to purple to everything in between (rainbow anyone?). But what ‘makes’ our food so naturally colourful? And do different colours have different health benefits? (Hint – yes they do!)
So let me dive in and give you some important reasons why eating the colors of the rainbow can make you healthier and happier.
What makes our fruit and vegetables different colours?
It’s all down to compounds called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are responsible for the distinctive colours and smells of our fruits and vegetables, and there are over 4,000 of them! That’s of course a lot.
Based on the different compounds fruit and vegetables contain, they fall into five main colour categories:
Red (tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, red grapes)
Green (spinach, broccoli, peas, avocado, limes, kiwis)
White/Brown (mushrooms, garlic onions, bananas, brown pears)
Different colours have different health benefits!
Each colour category above has different health benefits due to the different phytochemicals they contain. So by choosing to eat the colours of the rainbow, otherwise known as a ‘rainbow’ diet, you can be sure you’re getting the maximum benefit from the food you eat.
Below you’ll find a snapshot of the various benefits of each colour:
Red: The pigment responsible for the red colour of your fruits and vegetables (strawberries, tomatoes, etc) is Lycopene. Lycopene is a strong antioxidant that can help protect against cancer, and has also linked to increasing the health of your heart.
Purple/Blue: The natural pigment Anthocyanin is what gives blackberries their distinctive colour, and is another powerful antioxidant. Anthocyanin not only helps to protect against cancer, but also has a mild anti-bacterial effect. Additionally some foods in this group also contain the compound resveratrol (e.g. red grapes) which is said to have additional anti-cancer benefits.
Orange: Betacarotene is a key compound in these foods, and is converted in the body into vitamin A. Betacarotene is not only responsible for making healthly membranes, it’s also key for eye health. Eating plenty of orange foods such as sweet potato and pumpkin in the cold and flu season, can give your immune support a big boost too!
Green: A number of compounds are found within green fruits and vegetables, including calcium, folate and chlorophyll. Green fruits and veggies have a huge number of health benefits, including their ability to boost your immune system and helping to reduce the risk of cancer. Maybe it’s time to add extra kale or broccoli to your dinner plate?
White/Brown: The phytochemical allicin found in garlic is responsible for garlic’s antiviral and antibacterial properties. This makes it another great food to add to your diet in winter.
How to eat the colours of the rainbow?
One easy way to eat the colours of the rainbow regulary is to choose a colour each time you go grocery shopping. Simply add one extra item to your basket from the colour group of your choice. Over a month you’ll be surprised at how many colours of the rainbow your eating, and I know you’re body will love you for it.