Most people know that it’s important to eat fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, but did you know that it’s important to eat the colors of the rainbow? In addition to fiber, vitamins and minerals, naturally colored foods contain what known as phytochemicals. These powerful nutrients are the disease-fighting substances that also give fruits and vegetables their array of colors. Each different color offers unique nutritional benefits that are favorable to our health.
Rich in vitamin K, folic acid, potassium and a powerful antioxidant known as lutein. Lutein promotes good vision and healthy skin. Lutein can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by slowing down the thickening of arteries.
Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants known as carotenoids & bioflavonoids. Carotenoid rich foods can help to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Bioflavonoids and Vitamin C work to increase immune system function.
Rich in powerful antioxidants known as lycopene and anthocyanins. Their anti-inflammatory properties help to keep your heart healthy. They can also help to maintain and increase memory while lowering the risk of cancer.
Rich in powerful antioxidant known as anthocyanins that protect cells from damage. They may help to reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. Studies shown that anthocyanins rich food is linked with improved memory and healthy aging.
Rich in potassium and anthoxanthins that promotes eyes. They also contain health-promoting chemicals such as allicin, which help lower the cholesterol, blood pressure and reduce risk of stomach cancer and heart disease.
Most of the colouful fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidant substances which protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules that attack healthy cells). Despite these amazing health benefits, most Malaysians do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. The general guideline is to eat a minimum of five servings per day.
3 vegetables + 2 fruits = 5 colours a day
Remember this simple tip and let’s taste a rainbow today!
Do You Know?
Your DNA is the code for your antioxidant status! We are born with three primary natural antioxidant enxymes in our body: Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Glutathione Peroxidase (GPx) and Catalase. Researches had shown that taking exessive antioxidant pill supplements such as vitamin A, C, E will suppress your own body’s natural antioxidants. So, the best source of antioxidants is still from the REAL, NATURAL FOOD.