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Make Your Meal Colourful For Better Health

shiann

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Having a colourful diet has never meant so much when it comes to fruits, vegetables and salad. There’s a very good reason why we are told that 5 portions a day, minimum, is recommended. It’s because they are jam packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Each colour helps our body in a different way. Maybe the “I can sing a rainbow” nursery rhyme has other uses, besides teaching children their colours, it will remind us that we need those colours in our diet!

So, next time you’re in the supermarket picking out your fresh fruits, vegetables and salad, think of the song and it will remind you which foods you should be eating for better health. Red, Yellow, Pink, Green, Purple, Orange, Blue… wait, there’s no brown or beige, why? Brown and beige foods are the starchy carbohydrates and we should take notice of the amount of these starchy foods that we consume. It shouldn’t be as high as the others.

Purple/Red
Boosts our immune system, high in vitamin C and other anti oxidants.

Orange
Antioxidants that protect cells from the ravages of oxidation and promote cell immunity.

Yellow
High in Vitamin A. 5 of the top yellow fruits and vegetables are bananas (potassium), pineapple (bromelain), yellow peppers (vitamin c – 2 and a half the amount more than oranges) and yellow squash (fibre and magnesium).

Green
High in folic acid, a B vitamin and also rich in vitamins A and C. Some are good for sources of calcium. The darker the green, the higher the nutritional value. Some of the best for nutrients are broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

There are more useful nutrients in these colourful foods, this is just a quick glimpse at the benefits.

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