There’s no doubt that having a colourful dish is visually appealing. However, eating a variety of different coloured foods is also very beneficial to our health! An easy way that we can get the vitamins and nutrients our bodies need is by incorporating a wide range of colours in our meals every day. Here are some common food colours and their nutritional benefits:
Green: Foods such as spinach, kale, and broccoli help eliminate toxins in our kidneys and livers. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin K, which builds strong bones and prevents blood clotting.
Red: Red foods benefit our circulatory systems, improve organ function, and can also help lower our risk of prostate and breast cancer. These include tomatoes, watermelon, beets, and more.
Orange: These foods help us maintain healthy eyes and skin and aid our immune systems in fighting off infections. Some examples are oranges, carrots, and cantaloupe.
Blue and Purple: Foods like blueberries, blackberries, and eggplant contain the most antioxidants. They are excellent for our brains, help prevent disease, contribute to longevity, and raise “good” (HDL) cholesterol.
Yellow: Yellow foods are Vitamin C rich, which boost our immune systems and reduce inflammation.These foods also strengthen collagen in our skin and tendons. Lemons, yellow peppers, pineapples, and yellow squash are just a few examples of yellow foods.
Remember: the more colourful the meal is, the better! This is a good tip to keep in mind, especially when preparing meals for children. A wide variety of colours on your plates will not only make your dishes look great but they will also be much more healthy with the abundance of vitamins and nutrients from different coloured foods.
Try making meals with the colour of your ingredients in mind and let us know how it tastes! Another blog post will be up next Friday so be sure to take a look.