Following article is copied and pasted from http://www.healthmad.com/
Scientific studies have shown that people who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables may have a lower risk of getting illnesses, such as heart disease and some cancers. For this reason, health authorities recommend that you eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day - and it doesn't matter whether they're fresh, tinned, frozen, cooked, juiced or dried, everything counts!
Colour is Key to Healthy Food
Colour is everything when it comes to fruit and veg, recent studies have found that depending on the colour, different benefits apply.
Eat: strawberries, cranberries, red apples, red onions, tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon and pomegranates.
Benefits: a rich source of antioxidants, they protect against heart disease, cancer and urinary infection. Tomatoes and watermelon also contain lycopene, a pigment that helps to reduce prostate cancer.
Eat: spinach, watercress, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, green peppers, peas, sprouts, cauliflower, apples and kiwi.
Benefits: green food boosts the immune system by providing vitamin C and keeping the digestive system healthy. Healthy eyes and skin, as well as protecting against cancer and heart disease are other benefits. Kale, spinach and peas are rich in lutein, a pigment in the eye that filters UV rays.
Orange and Yellow Foods
Eat: carrots, mangoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, oranges and peppers.
Benefits: prevents cancer and heart disease, as well as giving you healthy skin and strong immunity. These foods are rich in alphas, which boost your defences and contain plenty of vitamin A and C.
Eat: blueberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, raisins, prunes, black/purple grapes, raspberries, plums, aubergines and cherries.
Benefits: rich in fibre and contains anthocyanins, a powerful disease-fighting substance. Also helps with healthy skin and may have an anti-ageing effect on the brain.
Eat: onions, garlic, shallots, chives, leeks, bananas, cucumber, celery, fennel and mushrooms.
Benefits: source of potassium, which reduces blood pressure and also helps to lower cholesterol, while also detoxing the body. Bananas contain vitamin B6, for healthy hair and skin.
With an array of choice over which fruit and veg to eat, there really is nothing stopping you apart from yourself, and hopefully this article has provided you with good reasons to start trading in that packet of crisps, for a fruit or veg based snack.
So, start getting in those potions and you'll soon see the different on the outside and feel the difference on the inside!
Colourful fruits and vegetables are associated with lots of health benefits. Once watched a healthy living program, carrot was catogerised as red food but the appended article says it is from orange and yellow group. So this dish short of red colour food, add some chillies will do?
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