Eating a variety of foods is one of the best ways to ensure that you are getting the fullest range of nutrients in your diet. And the best way to make sure you get lots of nutrients in your meal is to eat a “Rainbow” – lots of veggies and fruit in different colours. Beata Sinclair, kids nutritionist Brisbane, recommends eating fruits and veggies in a variety of colours – red, dark green, yellow, blue, purple, white and orange. It not only provides eye candy for the children, it also is the best way to ensure that you are getting heaps of goodness with every meal.
Orange fruit and veggies -coloured by natural plant pigments called “carotenoids.” Carotenoid-rich foods can help reduce risk of cancer, heart disease and can improve immune system function. They are also great in maintaining healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes.
Red fruits and veggies – coloured by natural plant pigments called “lycopene” or “anthocyanins.” They act as powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage.
Blue and purple fruits and veggies – coloured by natural plant pigments called “anthocyanins.” Here we have those powerful antioxidants again, and as you already know, they protect cells from damage. They may help reduce risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.
Green fruit and veggies -coloured by natural plant pigment called “chlorophyll”, they also contain “lutein”, and“ indols”. Together they help to prevent different types of cancer, and may help reduce risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
White fruits and vegetables are coloured by pigments called “anthoxanthins.” They contain photochemical called allicin, which can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and may help reduce risk of heart disease.
For more ideas about healthy kids nutrition, contact Beata Sinclair, your local Brisbane nutritionist.