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Eat a rainbow every day

Nutrition Info Hub » Eat a rainbow every day

Eat a rainbow every day

Fruit and vegetables exist in a rainbow of colours; red, purple/blue, orange, green and white/brown. Each colour group provides their own unique set of disease fighting chemicals, these are called phytochemicals.
Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables every day helps promote good health and wellbeing.


Red Purple/Blue Orange Green Brown/White

Red fruit and vegies are coloured by natural plant pigment lycopene.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Anthocyanin gives purple/blue colours to fruit and vegies.

Anthocyanin has antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Carotenoids give this group colour.

Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes.

Lutein is stored in the eye and has been found to prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Green vegies contain a range of phytochemicals including carotenoids, indoles and saponins, all of which have anticancer properties.

Leafy greens are also excellent sources of folate.

White fruit and vegies contain a range of health-promoting phytochemicals such as allicin (found in garlic) which is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Some members of the white group, such as bananas and potatoes, are also a good source of potassium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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