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Colourful Plant Foods
By Fawn
on 17 Sep 2008 9:38 PM

Multi-coloured plant foods are very eye-pleasing, but more importantly, they are really good for you too!  Each colour in the vegetable kingdom relates to different phytonutrients.  Each phytonutrient has their own particular health benefit.  Phytonutrients are compounds in food that help benefit the body, thus improving our health. Green foods such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli and peas are full of chlorophyll and magnesium.  These are really important for healthy nerves, muscles and to regulate hormones.

Yellow foods contain curcumin which is very powerful at fighting cancer and reducing inflammation, especially arthritic inflammation.  So eat plenty of mustard, turmeric, sweetcorn and yellow peppers.  Some yellow foods like sweetcorn and yellow peppers are full of carotenoids that also helps protect you from cancer. Orange and red foods contain particular types of carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lycopene.  These help to keep you young and healthy.  A great reason to eat plenty of apricots, peaches, melons, carrots and tomatoes! Purple foods such as beetroot, red grapes and berries contain flavonoids, which have been found to be even more powerful than Vitamin C. 

This is thought to be the reason why people with cardiovascular problems benefit from a tipple of red wine daily! Try and regularly make your plate look like all the colours of the rainbow.  It is important to try to get all the different colours as they all work in synergy with each other, increasing their benefits even more.