Exact Reasons Why You Should “Eat the Rainbow”
Author: Olivia Jones
October 31, 2017
Today, Guest author, Olivia Jones is going to answer those pesky questions: Why do I have to eat this? Why is it important?
Many people are keen on eating right, especially as the role our “diet” plays in overall health and well-being becomes clear. Many people worry whether they are getting adequate nutrients from their diet. However, this is not always easy to prove.
If you are looking for various benefits of different colored foods then this info-graphic can give you some idea about what you need to do.
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Why are Fruits and Vegetables Important?
Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that are important for good health. They contain nutrients from plants, called phytonutrients.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables protects the body from various diseases including high blood pressure, eyesight problems, heart disease, and some cancers. They provide antioxidants that mop up disease-causing free radicals from our bodies. Fruits also contain fiber that helps to keep the digestive system healthy.
Fruits and vegetables are the most convenient for any diet. They are readily available and you can grow them in the backyard or in containers on a balcony. There are SO many different ways you can use them:
- They can be eaten raw or incorporated into many different cooked dishes.
- They can be consumed as snacks between meals, or they can be part of the main dish.
- They are also convenient to carry when you need to use them as a meal replacement, such as when you are traveling or working.
- They are very low on calories so consuming them in large quantities does not increase the risk of weight gain. In fact making them a major part of the diet does help in losing weight.
Classification of Fruits
Citrus fruits: These fruits have a leathery skin which is peeled to reveal the juicy fruit on the inside. The inside is divided into many segments. They include oranges, lemons, grapefruit and limes.
Pomes: They are fleshy and have a core that contains small seeds. They include pears and apples.
Stone fruits: They contain a hard seed on the inside. They include apricots, loquats and plums.
Tropical fruits: Bananas, avocados, pineapples and mangoes.
Berries: Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Classification of Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables: Cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
Leafy green: Lettuce and spinach.
Vegetable roots: Carrots, beets, yam and sweet potatoes.
Legumes: Peas, beans and lentils.
Fruits, Vegetables and Color
The normal advice is, you need to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables every day…How can you be sure that the varieties of fruits and vegetables being consumed provide the variety of nutrients required for healthy living?
A common saying is, the more color there is on the plate, the more healthy the meal is, and yes, variety of color is a good way of ensuring that one is getting adequate nutrients. Fruits and vegetables of similar colors contain similar nutrients.
Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors; like red, blue, purple, green, white, orange and yellow. They also come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors. Some are seasonal while others are available all the year round. Some can store well for some period of time while others are highly perishable.
Different colors include…
Red: Tomatoes, cranberries, watermelons, apples and strawberries.
Green: Broccoli, kale, spinach, green peas, green beans and green cabbage.
Blue and purple: Eggplant, plums, blueberries and cabbage.
White: Garlic, turnips, white corn, cauliflower and mushrooms.
Orange and yellow: Bananas, papaya, yellow corn, peaches and oranges.
The infographics will take you through a detailed breakdown of the different nutrients that are found in fruits and vegetables. They are classified according to the colors.
Having a rainbow on one’s plate is a great way to ensure to get adequate nutrients, but learning which color provides what nutrients is even better. Colors of fruits and vegetables are explained here!
Olivia writes on health and food at Everynutrient.com! She’s written a lot of articles that have to do with health and fitness foods for people from all walks of life. Her articles have been published on several health and fitness websites. Every Nutrient focuses on effective changes that you can make to live a healthy and fulfilled life!