Eat The Rainbow

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Growing up, we’re all told to eat our greens, but don’t be colour-blind when it comes to choosing fruit and veg. The colour of vegetables indicates a whole wealth of nutrients and vitamins, here’s our cheats guide:

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Red

Red veggies are coloured by natural plant pigments called lycopene, an antioxident found in tomatoes. Red vegetables are rich in this antioxident which is known for its ability to combat heart disease and even in the treatment of some cancers.

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Red peppersTomatoes
Radishes
Red-skinned potatoes, like roosters

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Sweet potato wedges

 

Orange and Yellow

Orange vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots contain beta-carotene, a natural antioxidant being studied for its role in enhancing the immune system.

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Sweet  potatoes
Summer courgette
Carrots
Butternut squash

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Green

Green vegetables contain a range of phytochemicals including carotenoids, indoles and saponins, all of which have anti-cancer properties. Leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli are also excellent sources of folate.

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Broccoli
Spinach
Green beans
Green peppers

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Beetroot, feta and candied walnut salad

Blue/Purple

The plant pigment anthocyanin is what gives blue/purple fruits and vegetables their distinctive colour. Anthocyanin also has antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage and can help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.

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Aubergine
Beetroot
Blue potatoes

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French onion soup

Brown/White

White fruits and vegetables contain a range of health-promoting phytochemicals such as allicin (found in garlic) which is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Some members of the white group, such as bananas and potatoes, are also a good source of potassium.

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Onions
Scallions
Leeks

 

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