Updated: Jul 24, 2020
What is more spectacular than the colours of nature? Think about for example of the intensity or the shades of colour you can see in a flower or the colour of the plumage of some birds.
I always feel a bit emotional every time I look at some of them and that also counts for the food;
The colour of an apricot for example, so unique and warm.
In food, colours are associated to different nutrients and that is exactly why we should eat colourfully so that our bodies can appreciate both, different tastes and different nutrients.
It is crucial to eat a variety of food on a daily basis as they all work together. Colourful fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants a good amount of fiber and are low in fat.
Lets's take a brief look at some colours:
WHITE - Garlic, Ginger, Cauliflower, Onions, Leeks, Parnsnips, Mushrooms, Fennels, Potatoes, Bananas, White Pears, White peaches, Dates.
They help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure; boost motor skills and eye development.
GREEN - Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Green Beans, Asparagus, Artichokes, Cabbage, Limes, Kiwis, Green Grapes, Green Apples, Avocados.
They promote health of bone, teeth, vision, and boost the immune system.
YELLOW - Yellow Apples, Lemons, Yellow Pears, Yellow Peppers, Yellow Corn, Pineapple, Yellow Figs.
They are good for the heart, boost immunity, reduce cancer risk.
ORANGE - Apricots, Cantaloupe Melon, Oranges, Nectarines, Peaches, Pumpkin, Tangerines, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash.
They are good for the eyes, heart health, boost immunity and reduce cancer risk.
RED - Red Apples, Cherries, Cranberries, Pomegranate, Red Grapes, Pink/Red Grapefruit, Watermelon, Raspberries, Strawberries, Red Beets, Red Potatoes, Red Onions, Red Peppers, Rhubarb, Tomatoes.
They lower cancer risk and are good for memory, heart and the urinary tract.
PURPLE - Blackberries, Blueberries, Black Currants, Figs, Plums, Purple Grapes, Prunes, Raisins, Aubergines, Purple Cabbage, Purple Asparagus.
The protect against cancer and help heart and memory. They also boost motor skills.
We all combine and eat those beautiful colours maybe without even noticing....
A colourful fruit salad (next time you make one think about using a piece of fruit of a different colour).
If you like minestrone soup, I add for example, some pumpkin in it, tomatos, onions, potatoes together with all the greens.
Or, just eat your five a day in different colours and vary the produce on a daily basis.