What COLOUR is your food? #EatingTheRainbow
Whoever said life is a box of colours knew what he was talking about. Not just in our lives, colours play a vital role in our health. According to experts, we should consume food of different colours and hues throughout the week. Nature has been strategic enough to impart different colours to different foods based on their nutrient contents. Although, having a vibrant coloured diet doesn’t simply mean increasing the daily servings of fruits and vegetables, it means consciously ensuring that your meals with an array of colours. Contrary to popular belief, consuming multivitamins and vitamin drinks do not and cannot make up for the fresh organic nutrients that you get only from consuming natural food.
There are plenty of reasons why we should include vibrant coloured foods in our diet:
- Have you ever wondered why brown rice is healthier than white rice, or for that matter of fact, why dark chocolate is considered a healthier alternative to regular chocolate? There is a common thread of colour comparisons that runs through these foods, proving that deeply hued foods have a higher nutritional value. Hence, opting for an assortment of differently hued foods resonates with making healthier food choices.
- Different coloured foods are rich in different nutrients, implying that each coloured food serves a different purpose for our body. Accordingly, in order to achieve a balanced diet, stocking our refrigerator with vibrant colours makes logical sense.
- By ensuring that you add greens, fruits and other vegetables to your diet, there is very little space in your plate and tummy for the colourless unhealthy clutter like chips, pizzas and junk foods.
Did you know the more brighter the colour of the food, the more nutritious it is. Each and every colour plays a role in adding nutrients to our diet that cannot be substituted by food of another colour.
Pigments that provide foods different hues of red, purple or blue colour serve as powerful source of antioxidants for the body and are known for maintaining a healthy heart and memory functions. So it would be a good idea to load up on red capsicums, strawberries, tomatoes, prunes and cranberries, to keep both your heart and mind healthy! In fact, certain purple and red coloured fruits and vegetables also protect us against diabetes and kidney problems.
White foods like bananas, onions, cauliflower and dairy products are rich in various minerals and nutrients and should be included in your diet. And don’t fret when people talk about eradicating white foods from their diets, they’re essentially referring to white foods like fries, pasta and breads, and not natural white healthy food options.
The benefits of including orange and yellow hues in our diet are aplenty. While the pigment giving food its yellow or orange colour is loaded with vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and bromelaine. If these nutritional benefits don’t give you sufficient reason to stock up on oranges, pineapples, potatoes and pumpkins, eat them to have healthier skin and good digestion!
For years, our mothers have insisted on consuming greens, and rightly so! Apart from being a fantastic sources of vitamin A, green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and collared greens are also loaded with calcium ( great news for you, in a case you’re lactose intolerant). Moreover, other greens like cabbage, kiwis, green bell peppers and avocados are also rich in vitamin C. Go on, we’ve given you sufficient reason to add generous helpings of a good mix of green herbs, veggies and fruits to your weekly diet.
With this overload of new information about the importance of food of various hues and colours, you must be wondering how to incorporate it all in your daily diet. The answer is quite simple, just ensure that you consume three different coloured foods in each meal, along with two servings of both fruits and vegetables daily. Voila, you are all set to follow a rainbow diet!