Though green vegetables are indeed one of the healthiest foods out there, don’t limit yourself to just green when there exist so many delightfully colourful foods that will do a world of good to your health. The secret to a healthy life is adding a dash of colour to your diet and this nutritional week from September 1-7, discover how adding a variety of colours to your diet is one of the best things you can do.
1. Red –
This national nutrition week, ensure that you stock up on red foods. Red, the colour of passion, is also good for your heart. This hue in fruits and vegetables comes from antioxidants that safeguard the health of your heart by protecting it from atherosclerosis, hypertension, and high cholesterol. They will also boost your brain function and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Examples of red vegetables and fruits: tomatoes, radishes, red grapes, watermelon, pomegranates, cherries, strawberries, red apples etc.
2. Orange and Yellow –
The chief reason why you should be eating platefuls of these veggies and fruits starting from this nutrition week is that they promote the health of the eye and prevent the degeneration of the optic cells as you grow older. To cap that, these yellow foods will also look after the health of your nervous system and even strengthen your bones, toughen up your immunity and make your skin and hair glow.
Examples of orange and yellow vegetables and fruits: pumpkin, sweet corn, sweet potato, yellow pepper, apricots, papaya, pears, and pineapple.
3. Blue or Purple –
These fruits and vegetables prevent heart ailments, cancer and stroke. If that were not enough, they can slow down ageing, boost memory, speed up digestion and save you from the distressing urinary tract infection.
Examples of blue/purple fruits and vegetables: blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes, plums, raisins, figs, and eggplant.
4. White –
White fruits and veggies too are good for your heart. They are one of those foods that are certain to combat LDL or bad cholesterol, which is the chief enemy of your heart. They also lower your blood pressure and stabilize it. Moreover, they can also reduce the likelihood of you coming down with prostate, breast or colon cancers. So this national nutrition week 2019, ensure your shopping list includes some white vegetables.
Examples of white fruits and vegetables: bananas, white peaches, pears, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, and turnips.
5. Green –
Green natural foods are a repository of every type of nutrient and mineral. Eating them will guarantee a sturdy constitution. Other than its usual benefits of promoting all-round good health, not many people know that they help in blood clotting and also prevent liver cancer. They are also beneficial for pregnant women because they reduce the chances of the baby being born with birth defects.
Opt for a rainbow diet from this national nutrition week, you can’t go wrong with colored fruits and vegetables. Only, make sure that the stuff you are purchasing doesn’t contain added colors which could ruin your health.