Have you heard the expression eating the rainbow before?
If you love veg you might find you’re doing this already but if you’re not a natural veg lover it might be worth looking into why it’s so important.
All plant foods have the ability to improve our health.
Phytochemicals or phytonutrients are naturally occurring plant nutrients that are responsible for the colour, taste and aroma of each plant. They are also responsible for many of the health benefits we get from eating plant based foods, whether it be fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, herbs or spices.
Each plant based food contains many phytonutrients, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and many other nutrients that work together to improve our health. But some of the most potent health benefits are from the phytonutrients responsible for the colour of the plant.
Each phytonutrient provides different health benefits, so we can maximise our health by eating a wide variety of colourful phytonutrients every day. Or to put it another way – EAT THE RAINBOW!
Just a few common benefits from each colour:
Heart health and decreased risk of stroke.
Helps to prevent certain cancers.
Maintains urinary tract health and aids memory.
A few examples of red plants: Tomatoes, red peppers, red apples, strawberries.
Decreases inflammation in the body.
Helps keep our immune system strong and our skin healthy.
Good for vision – helps us see at night.
Some examples of orange and yellow plants: Carrots, orange & yellow peppers, sweet potato, pineapple.
Can protect our eyes by preventing cataracts and slowing age-related macular degeneration (natural worsening of eyesight as we get older).
Also contains Folic Acid.
Keeps our bones, teeth and nails strong.
There are so many green plants but a few of the best ones are: broccoli, spinach, avocado, kale, green apples, green grapes, cucumber, pumpkin seeds.
Helps us age gracefully by improving our memory and keeping our skin looking young.
Can reduce blood pressure.
Helps with digestive issues of the GI tract.
Examples of blue/purple plants: beetroot, red onion, red cabbage, blueberries, plums, blackberries
Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
Keeps our bones strong and healthy.
Eases inflammation and blocks free radicals that harm cells and tissues in your body.
Examples are: garlic, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, parsnips, chickpeas, white beans, cashew nuts, suflower seeds.
So eating a wide variety of colourful fruit and veg is a great way of helping our bodies to stay healthy.
Here are a few of the things I’ve been eating this week to ensure I eat the rainbow:
What are your favourite plant foods?
Are you going to try to eat more of the rainbow?
Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.
Have you heard the expression eating the rainbow before? If you love veg you might find you’re doing this already but if you’re not a natural veg lover it might be worth looking into why it’s so important. All plant foods have the ability to improve our health. Phytochemicals or phytonutrients are naturally occurring plant…