Fruits and vegetables are broken up into five different colour groups: red, purple/blue, orange/yellow, green and white/brown. Each different colour has its own set of phytochemicals, which our bodies need to fight disease and function properly. The Doc’s made this helpful list of each colour and their healthy properties to help you eat-the-rainbow and ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients your body needs.
Red fruits and vegetables are given their vibrant colour by a natural plant pigment called lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that works to keep our hearts healthy and can help to reduce the risk of cancer.
Anthocyanin gives purple and blue foods their cooler colours. This natural plant pigment also has antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage and can help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.
Carotenoids are responsible for giving orange and yellow foods their bright pigments. Betacarotene is the carotenoid found in sweet potato, pumpkin and carrot. The body converts betacarotene into vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes.
How many times have you been told to eat your greens? They contain a range of phytochemicals that have anti-cancer properties, including carotenoids, indoles and saponins. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are also great sources of folate.
White fruits and vegetables also contain a range of phytochemicals that promote health, including allicin, which is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Bananas and potatoes are also good sources of potassium.
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