Many nutritionists now agree that by eating the most colourful plates of natural food can guarantee you are eating the best foods to keep your nutrient levels high.
As children we always were always told to eat our greens but complement this will other brightly coloured fruit and vegetables and you will be well on your way to healthy wellbeing.
Scientists agree that the naturally occurring phytochemicals (which are those that give the fruit and vegetables their bright colours) do help to keep us free from disease. The antioxidants in these foods protect us against free radicals. You should choose a fruit or vegetable from each colour group within your five a day. This can help fight cancer, heart disease and premature ageing.
White foods help your immune system and improve wellbeing
Green foods encourage detoxing
Yellow foods help with skin and the digestive system
Purple foods help with longevity ie heart disease, urinary health
Red foods help with heart health, vision and memory
Orange foods can help protect against respiratory, lung and arthritis
So stock up on the most colourful foods you can. Not only do they taste great they give you the best chance to stay healthy and live to a ripe old age!
Red options include: tomatoes, peppers, radishes, radicchio, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, cherries, pomegranates, apples, grapes, rhubarb, pink grapefruit, watermelon, guava and sweet potatoes.
Green foods include: spring greens, beans, peas, sugar snap peas, mangetout, cress, asparagus, avocado, rocket, spinach, lettuce, watercress, cucumber, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy cabbage, courgette, peppers, spring onions, leeks, apples, grapes and kiwi fruit.
Purple foods include: plums, prunes, raisins, red cabbage, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, blackcurrants, red onions, and aubergine.
Yellow and orange foods include: swede, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, yellow and orange peppers, apricots, melons, mangoes, peaches, papaya, oranges, satsumas, grapefruit, pineapple, nectarines, carrots, pumpkin and sweetcorn.
Eat the rainbow – what a great way to stay healthy!