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Friday, 18 January 2019

Eat the Rainbow: The Many Health Benefits of Consuming Multicoloured Fruits and Vegetables


Have you ever thought that the colours of what you feed on could be important; what significance do these colours really have for you? Now, there are seven colours that make up the ‘spectrum’ or colours of the rainbow. When I was a small boy in the village we heard, and even sometimes on our own made up stories of all sorts. Nature has in a way built in all these colours into the foods, especially fruits and vegetables that we need to eat for optimum health.

Eat variety of colours (photo: Google images)


One of those fabulous childish fabrications then was that the rainbow was actually ‘alive’! We were told that the rainbow was a living creature that had its head buried in a river, and that it could swallow up people who come to the river (stream) to fetch water! But in reality these seven colours experts say, have a way with our eating requirement.

And then when I grew up I knew better: the rainbow is just an arc of coloured light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain. Its coloured band or arc of light is comprised of the 7 colours as I said, and in my secondary school art class we were given a formula by which you can easily remember them, as well as in their arranged order. The formula for the colours of the rainbow is – ROYGBIV: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Our varieties of fruits and vegetables also have all these colours for a good variety of reasons too.

Beat the synthetic vitamins and supplements (photo: Google images)

According to a Harvard School of Public Health publication, food that is packed full with vegetables and fruits can reduce your blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. It has been found to also thwart some types of cancer; reduce your risk of eye and digestive problems, as well as leave a good effect upon your blood sugar, which can aid in keeping your appetite in check. Consuming vegetables that are not starchy as well as fruits such as apples, pears, and green leafy vegetables are likely to enable reduction in weight. Each of them has a low glycemic index which prevents blood sugar from rising and causing increased hunger.
Eating the Rainbow
In general, fruits and vegetables have little quantity of fat, cholesterol or sodium in them. They also provide us with complex carbohydrates, fibre as well as nutrients. The majority of them contain very little amount of calories, and also a measure of natural sugar, rather than refined sugar, which is capable of leading to sudden fluctuations in your blood sugar level.
A diversity of colours points towards different nutrient profiles. For this reason it is important therefore to aim at obtaining a little of each colour in the food you eat on a daily basis in order to achieve the highest nutritional benefits from your diet. It is therefore so important that you really eat up all these colours.

Eat healthy, stay fit (photo: Google images)

To this effect the experts say, “At least nine different families of fruits and vegetables exist, each with potentially hundreds of different plant compounds that are beneficial to health. We are therefore advised to, “Eat a variety of types and colours of produce in order to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. This not only ensures a greater diversity of beneficial plant chemicals but also creates eye-appealing meals.”
Expatiating on some of the colours, you will discover as follows:

Green
So many benefits are derived from consuming green leafy vegetables every day. Green leafy vegetables guarantee you beautiful skin and healthy hair. Vegetables like collards and kale are packed full with calcium, which enable you have strong bones and teeth. Antioxidants like vitamin C, lutein, and zeaxanthin that are available in greens also help to decrease your risk of developing cataracts as well as muscular degeneration.

Eat the Rainbow; stay fit & Strong (photo: Google images)

Red

As for the colour – Red for instance, you could go from the red bell peppers to tomatoes, tart cherries, cranberries, raspberries, rhubarb, pomegranates, and beets. These variety of wholesome fruits and vegetables are well loaded with antioxidants like vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin C, manganese, and of course the all important fibre. By this, nature has specially guaranteed you wonderful health benefits especially for your heart and the rest of your body.

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