Colors in food for a healthy diet

When dedicated to yoga or any other physical activity a correct balance of nutrients in the body is necessary to obtain all the benefits of the practice.

A healthy diet is essential for healthy living, so to all of us who what to achieve a better and healthier lifestyle, paying attention to the food we eat is imperative for success.

Today’s busy world sometimes makes it difficult to follow a balanced diet, especially with all the junk food on offer in most cities worldwide. People often lack a sufficient amount of time to cook well, but with a few simple habits, we can change this and without having to change work habits. Fortunately, nature provides a fun way to achieve a mix of flavors, textures, and colors that can lead us to a nutritious meal.

Colors reveal the nutritious value of food.

For instance, red fruits and vegetables (watermelon, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, red cabbage) are rich in lycopene, ellagic acid, quercetin, hesperidin, fiber, vitamin A and C, that helps us reduce the risk of prostate cancer, protects the body from harmful radicals, lowers blood pressure, and protects the body from heart disease.

Green vegetables (lettuce, spinach, broccoli, artichokes, peas, celery, peas, green beans, and several others) are rich in many different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant nutrients such as chlorophyll, lutein, calcium, folate, vitamin C and beta-carotene. Many benefits arise from eating these wonderful nutrients like reducing LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, reduced risk of cancer, promotes healthy vision, improves the immune system response, aids in weight loss and weight management goals.

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are other groups with enormous benefits for health. Carrots, pumpkins, sweet potato, corn, summer squash, orange, and yellow peppers are all delicious and nutritious veggies, and fruits within this group are among the tastier and delicious (bananas, oranges, nectarines, golden cherry, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, etc). These bright-colored delights contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, vitamin C and A, potassium. Some of the benefits that these foods bring are: promoting bone health, aiding in vision and eye wellbeing, encouraging a balanced pH in the body, and boosting the immune system.

White food such as cereals, almond, hazelnut, and cassava are staples in vegetarian diets due to their rich protein and starch content, they also provide a myriad of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. Garlic and onions also supply tasty flavors and are packed with vitamins. Many of these foods are good for regulating blood pressure and circulatory system overall health, they are also natural antibiotics which helps us fight infections and enhance the immune response.

Knowing the benefits that color reveals in food makes it easy to appreciate why it is so important to mix the colors in our meals. Also, a colorful food plate is more provocative and nutritious.

Next time you are fixing a meal remember to make it colorful with fresh veggies and fruits, for sure it will be fun, tasty – and more importantly – healthy.

Enjoy your meal.


M. Rousbed

RYT200 Vinyasa

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