When you are eating your five a day consider how many different coloured varieties you are having. They can have so many health benefits.
Red peppers, tomatoes, rhubarb, radishes, strawberries, cherries and raspberries.
These contain Lycopene which is an age defying antioxidant, that may protect cells in the prevention of heart disease, help to protect from sun damage and against certain cancers.
Bananas, pineapples, grapefruits, squash, yellow peppers, lentils and chickpeas.
In these you will find Beta-cryptoxanthin – a phytochemical that helps with vitamin and mineral exchange between cells. They may also help to protect against rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.
Oranges, nectarines, peaches, Mango, sweet potato, satsumas, apricots, carrots, red lentils and baked beans.
Contain Alpha and Beta-carotene – this gets converted to vitamin A in the body, which is essential for vision, immune function and antioxidants. This helps protect your skin from ultraviolet damage. It is also good for bone health and builds new cells.
These include currants, raisins, plums, sultanas, prunes, blueberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, grapes, aubergine, beetroot and kidney beans.
In these foods you will find Anthocyanidin – this helps protect against pain and inflammation and may support healthy blood pressure. They may also have anti-ageing properties by preventing the breakdown of collagen in the skin.
Avocado, melon, apples, gooseberries, pears, courgette, cucumber, peas, spinach, broccoli, lettuce and salad leaves, asparagus, cabbage, spring greens and kale.
These foods contain Lutein – a carotenoid that’s good for skin hydration and elasticity, and helps reduce the risk of cataracts and protects the eyes. Avocadoes and leafy greens are also rich in vitamin E which can hep prevent wrinkles and strengthen cell membranes.
As you can see it is definitely worth eating a rainbow of foods and your body will thank you for the amazing health benefits.