Eat with colors
Choose fruit and vegetables of every color to enrich your dishes and to stay healthy. This should be the first rule to follow when choosing what we bring to the table: do not forget to abound with portions of fruit and vegetables, based on the variety of their colors, as well as on seasonality.
Fruits and vegetables form a real rainbow of different shades and benefits, associated with their color, due to the presence of special pigments, each with its own characteristics that should not be underestimated, especially as regards their ability to protect the our body from serious pathologies such as tumors, heart attack and stroke.
Here is a possible division of fruits and vegetables based on color and beneficial properties.
Yellow - Orange
Purple - Blue
White fruits and vegetables may contain substances that can have a positive effect on our health, such as allicin, which has been linked to lowering blood cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as a possibility of reduced risk of stomach cancer and heart disease. Some members of the "white group", such as bananas and potatoes, can be considered good sources of minerals such as potassium.
Among the fruits and vegetables associated with the white color we find:
Yellow - Orange
Vegetables of yellow or orange color are usually rich in carotenoids. Beta-carotene, contained for example in carrots and squash, is converted into vitamin A by the body, in order to keep eyes and mucous membranes healthy. According to experts, foods rich in carotenoids can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, as well as improve the functions of the immune system. Yellow or orange citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and folic acid, which is considered essential during pregnancy for the correct development of the unborn child. Recent research has revealed how carotenoid-rich vegetables can prevent degenerative diseases such as ALS.
Among the yellow and orange vegetables we find:
Red fruit and vegetables owe their color to the presence of pigments such as lycopene and anthocyanins. Lycopene, present for example in tomatoes, watermelons and pink grapefruit, could be responsible for reducing the risk of numerous types of cancer, with particular reference to prostate cancer. The anthocyanins, found in strawberries and raspberries, for example, act as powerful antioxidants to protect cells from damage and protecting the health of the heart.
Among the red fruits and vegetables we find: