Monday, November 13, 2006

Make your food Colourful and Stay Healthy

Not many of us can claim of being color conscious as far as our food is concerned. However, it is vital that we achieve a proper balance of color in the food. It is said that proper balance of color is proper balance of diet. Popularly known as ‘GYRO’ green/yellow/red/orange colored vegetables and fruit are vital for a complete proper diet. These vegetables are fruits are said to be high in fiber content and low in fat. These contain natural chemicals that help protect our body against all diseases.

Each color group of fruits and vegetables contains set of beneficial phyto-nutrients, it is said that more intense the food pigment the more greater is its disease- fighting capacity. Leaving alone the color factor, its well known that consuming fruits and vegetables helps build immunity in the system and protect against many ailments like stroke, heart disease, asthma etc., Consumption of one fruit or vegetable a day keep heart diseases at by 4 percent. Eating fruits and vegetables also helps one manage the weight factor.

The risk of diabetes is reduced by 40 percent in women who consume at least 4-5 servings of vegetables on a daily basis. Fruits are also rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants are mostly found in the skin of fruits. Ripe fruits contain antioxidants.

Greens like spinach, broccoli coriander, methi, lettuce, okra parsley, asparagus celery and vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, green peas, cucumber contain liver enzymes that help to fight cancer and reduce the risk of cataract. Fruits like jamun, grapes,berries, figs, prunes pomegranates should be eaten raw. The fruits and vegetables that fall under the red-purple family are considered true fighters. They contain carotenoid lycopene that cuts the risks of heart disease. The red capsicum, red grapes, beetroot, apples and strawberries come under this category. The yellow colored foods are very vital. The dhal family, pumpkins, mangoes, pineapples, papaya fall under this group. These foods are rich in alpha carotenes that help fight cancer.

Make your food colorful everyday and have a healthy and colorful life!!!!!!!!!!!!

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