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Fruit and Vegetable Coloring and Benefits explained

Why should you eat a variety of different coloured fruit and vegetables?

Most of us know the importance of eating at least five portions of fruits and vegetables each day. However, did you know that each different coloured fruit and vegetable has unique health components?

Red fruit and vegetables, including strawberries, red peppers and tomatoes, contain components such as lycopene, which can help to protect against many chronic diseases such as lung, stomach and prostate cancer, and also beta-carotene, which is important for healthy eyesight.

Yellow and orange fruits, such as carrots, oranges and peaches, are rich in beta-carotene, flavonoids, potassium, vitamin C and lycopene. Therefore eating yellow and orange fruits can help to lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, therefore protect against heart disease. They can also lower cancer risk, maintain the quality of the eyesight and be beneficial to the immune system.

Green fruit and vegetables, including asparagus, broccoli and green apples, contain fibre, calcium, beta-carotene, lutein and chlorophyll. Consuming these coloured fruit and vegetables and can help to reduce cancer risk, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol level, and also boost the immune system.

Blue and purple fruit and vegetables, such as purple grapes, blackcurrants, plums and aubergines, contain substances such as anthocyanin, vitamin C and fibre.  Consuming these coloured fruit and vegetables can help to protect against heart disease, lower the risk of certain cancers and may help to ensure a healthy digestive system. They are also beneficial to the immune system and skin.


Author and Nutritionist Francesca Gould (BSc), Expert Contributor Beauty Finder 

Francesca Gould
Francesca Gould’s passion for health, beauty and fitness led to a career in teaching before becoming an author. She believes that stress and an unhealthy diet is largely responsible for poor health and accelerating the aging process; this led her to study for a Food and Nutrition BSc degree at Bath Spa University. A proud moment in her career as a writer was when, in 2008, her trivia book 'Why is Yawning Contagious?' made it into the New York Times bestseller list. She enjoys giving nutritional advice but her specialism is weight loss.
Article Category : Health And Wellbeing
Date Added: 07/09/2013
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