In case you are asking yourself how the perfect meal should look like, the answer is simple: as colorful as possible! This is the only way to make sure that your body receives all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs. And of course we are not talking about processed colored foods but about fruits and vegetables. Their color says a lot about what they contain, and here are the top 5 colors that should definitely not miss from your diet:
Red fruits and vegetables are a great source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, and also protects your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Tomatoes release the biggest quantity of lycopene when they are cooked, so besides eating them raw you should also cook them on the barbeque, in the oven or in a soup. The red peppers not only have a good amount of lycopene, but also twice as much vitamin C and 9 times more vitamin A than the green peppers. The red melons also provide both vitamin C and vitamin A, reduce the free radicals in your body and maintain the health of your kidneys.
The perfect meal should definitely include orange foods because they are rich in vitamin C and Beta-Carotene. A great choice is the carrot, which prevents aging, reduces the risk of cancer and also improves our eyesight. The melons are great for your lungs and also improve your immune system.
Yellow fruits and veggies should also be included in your diet because they reduce the risk of arthritis, reduce inflammations, help our respiratory system and also reduce the risk of lungs cancer. A yellow pepper has twice the vitamin C of an orange and a pineapple protects your heart, bones, skin and can even help you burn the fat. Corn improves your memory and helps digestion while bananas remove stress, help you sleep better, protect your bones and your kidneys.
The purple fruits and vegetables have this color because of the antioxidants they contain called flavonoids. Known to improve memory and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, the eggplant contains potassium, folic acid and vitamin K. The blueberries are rich in vitamins A, C and E so they help digestion, improve eyesight and settle the blood tension. They also reduce inflammations and give you a good amount of energy. The plums remove stress, prevent osteoporosis and also have laxative effects.
This color should definitely be included in your meals because green fruits and veggies are rich in lutein and many other vitamins. They can help your heart, muscles, bones and also your brain. The avocado is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, while the cabbage detoxifies your body and improves your immune system. Broccoli is a great source of vitamins A, C, K, folic acid, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Spinach is rich in vitamin K which helps your bones, in vitamin A, magnesium, iron as well as carotenoids and flavonoids. The peas are rich in fibers so they prevent constipation and they also reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
And besides all of these, you should also consume fruits and vegetables with white flesh such as apples, pears, cucumbers, onions, mushrooms, kohlrabi and cauliflower. Besides the many vitamins and minerals they contain, they also reduce the risk of stroke by 50%! Have a good meal!
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