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This National Nutrition Week Know Why A Colourful Diet Is Healthy!

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Though green vegetables are indeed one of the healthiest foods out there, don’t limit yourself to just green when there are 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.

This National Nutrition Week Know Why A Colourful Diet Is Healthy! - PharmEasy

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.

Also Read: Alkaline Diet: A Research-Based Guide to Its Benefits and Downsides

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.

Did you know that adding 1 cup of cooked red tomatoes to your diet can fulfil all of your daily vitamin C as well as 25% of your daily vitamin A requirement? Tomatoes also contain essential minerals such as potassium and iron.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, B.A.M.S, M.D (Ayu)

Also Read: Low Residue Diet: A Detailed Guide to Benefits and Preparations

4. White –

White fruits and veggies too are good for your heart. They are one of those foods that help 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 must include some white vegetables.

Examples of white fruits and vegetables: bananas, white peaches, pears, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower and turnips.

Many varieties of kale appear purple because of an abundance of dark green pigment. The phytochemical that imparts this colour is packed with nutrients. About one cup of cooked kale can provide all your daily requirements of vitamins A, C and K. It is also a good source of potassium and calcium.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

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-around 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 coloured fruits and vegetables. Only, make sure that the stuff you are purchasing doesn’t contain added colours that could ruin your health.

Also Read: Ozempic Foods to Avoid: An Integrated Care Approach for Better Health

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