They say we eat with our eyes- not a bad thing, given the pigments in fresh fruit and veg go more than skin deep!
From lutein to lycopenes, here’s a rundown of how colour indicates the particular phytonutrients and nutritional benefits available in fresh produce. Fill your plate with colour and variety to get the most out of every meal!
Such as silverbeet, zucchini & spinach
LUTEIN (especially in leafy greens) for good vision
IRON to boost energy and immune function
CHLOROPHYLL, which is a powerful detoxifier
YELLOW & ORANGE FOODS
Such as apricots, carrots & lemons
BIOFLAVONOIDS (in yellow-orange foods), a powerful antioxidant that supports vision and healthy bones, teeth & skin
BETA-CAROTENE (in dark orange foods), a powerful antioxidant that reduces the risk of cancer & heart disease
LYCOPENE (in certain red foods, mainly tomatoes) helps
control high blood pressure & reduces the risk of cancer
PURPLE & BLUE FOODS
Such as beetroot, eggplant & blueberries
ANTHOCYANIN, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes & Alzheimer’s
PHENOLIC FLAVONOIDS, a powerful antioxidant thought to slow the effects of ageing