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Does Your Plate Have All Food Colours?

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Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 12:03 [IST]

Does Your Plate Have All Food Colours?

When you look at your plate at meal times, do you see a rainbow of colours or it a boring monotony of some colour or the other? If you do not see more than one or two food colours on your plate or dinning table then it means that you are not eating right. Every single natural colour of food stands for a particular nutrient and when you skip that colour in your diet you are also missing the nutritional element of it. Everybody says green food is the best for your health but even a predominance of green can cause malnutrition.

Here is what ever color of food does for your health and why you should eat it.

Colour Of Your Food And The Nutrition In It:

1. Green Food: As this is the most popular kind of healthy food let us start with it. The colour green obviously comes from the chlorophyll found in plants but we are not plants. What is absorbed by the human body is lutein that is great for your eyes and also helps reverse aging. Vitamin B can be found in abundance in these veggies and folate (a folic acid compound) will be found mostly in dark green leafy vegetables. A good spread of green foods would include cucumber, cruciferous vegetables, leaves like spinach, fenugreek etc.

2. Red Vegetables And Fruits: Red is the colour of youth and warm blood, that what you get from this group. The colour red comes from lycopene and it has major cancer fighting properties. Anthocyanins on the other hand are special variety of antioxidants found in berries that can keep you youthful and help regenerate your tissues. Red vegetables like beet root and fruits like pomegranates can help increase blood count. A good spread will include tomatoes, red peppers, berries etc.

3. Yellow Fruits And Vegetables: You can stretch this category to include the orange fruits and vegetables too because in this category (orange to yellow) all the foods get their colour from beta-carotene. These yellow fruits and vegetables will give you healthy eyes, muscles and lungs; the citrus fruits give you energy and also are the best cure for minor respiratory disorders. You will never have to worry about cramps and muscle pulls because carotenes are responsible for muscle health. A good spread could be made interesting with bananas, oranges, mangoes, pumpkins, carrots etc.

4. Purple Fruits And Vegetables: Can't think of any? Well you consume them without knowing and they in turn give you anthocyanins of another kind. This chemical is anti-cancer and great for heart health. In fact you could also get 'good memory' as a bonus by eating purple coloured food. A good spread includes eggplant, prunes, blueberries, grapes, raisins etc.

Good health tips would always tell you eat a variety of food colours and that is the secret to all round good health.

Topics: nutrition, food, health
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