Health and Beauty News: Colour code your diet for a vitamin packed life

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Taste the rainbow: Properties of food associated with colour. Credit: Shutterstock

Health and Beauty News: Colour code your diet for a vitamin packed life

A BALANCED diet should not only follow the patterns of the nutritional pyramid but also take into account the colours of the foods that each meal includes.

What properties does food have according to its colour?

Reds and purples: Foods such as strawberry, pomegranate and red pepper are a source of vitamin C, magnesium and phytochemicals such as lycopene or anthocyanins. Foods of these colours are beneficial in caring for the heart, urinary tract, and maintaining a good memory.

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Green: It is the most common colour. Lettuce, celery, broccoli, green apples and kiwis, provide lutein, a very important antioxidant along with calcium, magnesium, fibre and vitamins K and C. This type of food helps relieve anxiety as well as maintain strong and healthy bones.

Orange and yellow: These lead to youth, vitality and good mood and include citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges and grapefruits which are rich in vitamins A and C. They also contain folic acid, magnesium, fibre and potassium and strengthen the immune system.



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