6 colors that should feature on your plate daily

Shares

Different nutrients impart different  colors to the foods they are in. Also, it is important to know that you can always get what your body requires by eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables. Find out exactly how this works below:

10612955_784864731559921_3522296217160485763_n

WHITE

white foods contain important phytochemicals called anthoxanthins (or flavonols). The most common anthoxanthins is quercetin, which is found  in onions and shallots and it is said that it may lower the risk of heart disease and block the release of histamine, helping to ease the symptoms of allergies like hay fever. Garlic contains an antioxidant called allicin that has been found to act as a natural antibiotic and may help to reduce blood pressure.

Cauliflower

Mushrooms

Garlic

Onions

Potatoes

GREEN
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, provide compounds called indoles and isothiocyanates, which may help prevent cancer by amping up the production of enzymes that clear toxins from the body.

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Cauliflower

Green cabbage

Kale

YELLOW

Many yellow and leafy green vegetables are good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, phytochemicals that accumulate in the eyes and help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in older people. Leafy greens are also rich in beta carotene.

Artichoke

Corn

Lettuce

Summer squash

Wax beans

Arugula

Chard

Collards

Mustard greens

Turnip greens

ORANGE

Alpha and beta carotene make foods like carrots and sweet potatoes so brilliantly orange. The body converts these compounds into the active form of vitamin A, which helps keep your eyes, bones and immune system healthy. These phytochemicals also operate as antioxidants, sweeping up disease-promoting free radicals.

Apricots

Cantaloupe

Carrots

Mango

Oranges

Papaya

Pumpkin

Sweet potatoes

Tangerines

Winter squash

RED

Red foods, such as tomatoes and watermelon, contain lycopene, a phytochemical that may help protect against prostate and breast cancers. Deep red , heart health

Guava

Pink grapefruit

Red peppers

Tomatoes

Watermelon

deep red

Radishes (red)

Raspberries

Strawberries

BLUE and PURPLE

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables are packed with anthocyanins and proanthocyanins, antioxidants associated with keeping the heart healthy and the brain functioning optimally.

Blackberries

Blueberries

Eggplant

Plums

Cranberries

Grapes

Shares

MAUREEN OJUNGA

Maureen Ojunga is the newest Health enthusiast in town. She is also a gadget freak and a lover of all things WINE! Besides being a lover of life, she enjoys writing Relationships and Sex pieces and is also an Interior design junkie.

You may also like...