Health Benefits By The Color Of The Food

Fresh, natural ingredients that can be consumed without being subject to processing are the best way to strengthen our body and prevent many diseases.

Unlike processed products, fresh products do not have labels and markings about the nutrients they contain, but their color tells us which health benefits can be obtained by consuming these fresh products.

In continuation of this article you will be given a sort of classification of commonly consumed products and their health benefits according to their color.

 

Red products

Red products are rich in lycopene and anthocyanins that are good and necessary to improve the performance and health of our heart.

Additionally, red food has been shown to improve memory, reduce the risk of some cancers (especially prostate cancer), improve the health of the urinary tract and improve the overall health.

Also red fruits such as cherries and raspberries are rich antioxidants that are excellent in the fight against heart disease and diabetes.

On the other hand red vegetables are rich in vitamin C and fiber that has been shown to improve immunity and digestion.

The following red products are the best and most easily accessible to consume:

  • tomatoes
  • watermelon
  • red pepper
  • apple
  • strawberry
  • raspberry
  • cherry
  • beetroot
  • red onion
  • pomegranate

White products

Although most of the white products are processed, there are fresh and unprocessed white products which are called “a super food” because they contain allicins compounds that improve the health of the heart, help fight cancer and prevent many viral and bacterial infections.

White fruits and vegetables also help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and improve the immune system.

The best and most easily available white products are:

  • garlic
  • onions
  • leeks
  • cauliflower
  • ginger
  • white potatoes
  • parsnips
  • mushrooms

 

Green products

Green fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of lutein, which is proven to reduce the risk of some cancers, improve vision, restore muscles and strengthen bones and teeth.

Green foods also contain chlorophyll and are rich in many healthy nutrients.

Broccoli is rich in calcium and iron and spinach is rich in antioxidants and vitamin K which strengthens the bones, muscles and teeth.

The following green products are best for use:

  • spinach
  • peas
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • asparagus
  • kale
  • kiwi
  • artichokes
  • celery
  • green beans
  • leeks
  • green cabbage
  • green peppers
  • green zucchini  
  • cucumber

 

Orange and yellow products

Orange and yellow foods are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, antioxidants, carotenoids and bioflavonoids.

All of these substances can improve the health of the skin and eyes, can improve immunity, heart function, digestion and brain function.

Best orange and yellow products are:

  • oranges
  • carrots
  • cantaloupe
  • squash
  • tangerines
  • corn
  • mango
  • apricot
  • papaya
  • grapefruit
  • yellow apple
  • lemon
  • pear

 

Dark blue and purple products

Dark blue and purple products contain anthocyanins which in combination with antioxidant supplements improve memory and brain health, maintain a healthy urinary tract, improve circulation and prevent aging of the body.

 

Best purple and dark blue products:

  • prunes
  • raisins
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • eggplant
  • red cabbage
  • raisins