September 22, 2012

Colorful benefit of vegetables and fruits

The color of fruit and vegetables is indeed very much related to our health. Each color contributes to certain activity in our body that helps us stay healthier in many different ways!

Actually the color of food has been a subject for disputes among dietitians! Is it really true that the food of different colors influences our body in different ways? And the answer is - yes! The nature leaves nothing to a chance... Eating five different fruit and vegetables a day (not just an apple a day - we've made some progress since this English proverb was invented!) can help improve our health and make us resistant to illnesses.

Defining the color...

To keep up with the proper eating habits during the day we need to consume vegetables and fruits of different colors. For example, a tomato, an eggplant, a lettuce, mushrooms and an orange - red, violet, green, white and orange. Or, let us take another example: a plum, a kiwi, a strawberry, a carrot, a squash. In fact, any number of combinations can be proposed - the nature gives us an endless freedom of fantasy.

What do the colorful components apport us?

Blue and violate products are important because they contain anthocyanidins - natural antioxidants that prevent swelling. Besides, these products are rich in polyphenols that contribute to a better memory work. In this category there are eggplants, plums, blueberry, beetroot, dates.
As for the green products, we have a very wide choice here: kiwi, broccoli, spinach, different kinds of green salad and greens.
These products contain lutein which is inside chlorophyll and is an important antioxidant for our eyes. Besides, in green vegetables we can find magnum, carotenoids and poly-phenols - they are necessary for the health of our bones, blood vessels and teeth.
Among white products there are potatoes, bananas, cauliflower, garlic, onions and mushrooms. They all contain antoxantin - the substance that prevents tumour.
As for the red color, it has a lot of representatives: strawberry, tomatoes, watermelons, raspberry, sweet red pepper, cherry, red currents - here is a shortened list of products colored in red. The substances that give red color to the vegetables and fruit defend our cells from free radicals and help to prevent cancer and diminish the risk of heart diseases.
To finish, we stop by yellow and orange colors. Ebony and apricot, peaches and oranges, carrots and all the yellow juices can boast of this shade. They are all rich in vitamins A, B and C, flavonoids, carotenoids, which on the whole contribute to the improvement of the immune system.
As you can see from the description above, the products of each color have their specificity as far as different aspects of our health are concerned, and all together they help us stay healthy and not to fall ill. Also, it's quite engaging to form a colorful ratio for the whole day. Another advantage of fruit and vegetables is that they are low in calories and thus can help us stay slim.
Stay healthy, full of energy and happy!

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