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How colorful is your diet?
Posted by Editorial Team, January 13, 2015


A colorful diet? Are you thinking about red velvet cupcakes, a vibrant falooda or a huge pizza with zillion colorful toppings? Well, these are not the colors we are talking about. We are referring to veggies and fruits in fascinating colors.

A colorful diet not only looks exciting but is also beneficial for your health.


Going ‘rainbow’ is the way

Why should your diet be more colorful? How is the 'red' of the tomato or the 'purple' of an eggplant indicative of nutrients?

We've got some insights about the relationship between the colors of various food items and the health benefits they possess.



This cheerful color is a favorite among many foodies. Think of a tangy lemon, a tasty pineapple, hot yellow peppers, a delicious star fruit, golden corn seeds and the flavorful mango.

What are its benefits?

The yellow food group is full of fruits and vegetables that are rich in nutrients, which promote better digestion and efficient brain functioning. The carotenoids, responsible for the yellow color, are also responsible for helping the immune system, lowering the risk of cancer, strengthening eyesight and preventing heart diseases.



The very obvious fruit – orange, a crunchy carrot, super-healthy sweet potatoes, soft peaches, papayas etc. are some of the ‘Orangey’ food items that we love to eat.

What are its benefits?

Rich in Vitamin C, orange food items are blessed with antioxidants, carotenoids, and biflavonoids. They have all the other essential vitamins as well, like Vitamin A, E, K and other important fibers. Thus, this food group helps increase immunity, improve digestion, lower cardiac disease risks and reduce inflammation.



This fiery color is not just attractive but it also comes with a host of health benefits. A fiery red chili, tangy cherries or cranberries, hot red bell peppers, juicy tomatoes or a healthy beetroot – this set of brightly colored food items certainly adds interesting hues to our meals and our health.

What are its benefits?

They are loaded with phytochemicals like anthocyanin and lycopene. These chemicals improve memory, maintain urinary tract health, strengthen the heart and circulation and prevent certain cancerous diseases.



A funny looking broccoli, Popeye’s favorite spinach, a juicy kiwi, a fresh cucumber, leafy asparagus, lettuce, coriander, leeks, zucchini or celery – the list of green colored food items go on. Ever wonder how important these are?

What are the benefits?

Greens, considered as high contributors of iron, have various nutritional benefits. They also have calcium, phytochemicals like lutein and indoles, vitamins E and K and folate.



A heart-warming eggplant, tangy blueberries, sweet plums, blackberries, figs, blackcurrants, raisins and the list goes on. The bright alluring colors and the distinctive flavors of these fruits and vegetables are loved by many.

What are the benefits?

The anthocyanin, in blue and purple colored food, contribute to the antioxidants and antiaging substances. They also improve urinary tract health, bone health, circulation and memory and lower the risk of certain types of cancers.



Delicious mushrooms, flavorful onions, aromatic garlic, spicy ginger, cauliflower, turnips and parsnips – the white food group cannot be ignored.

What are the benefits?

Full of nutrients, white-colored food items are known to lower high blood pressure, decrease cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiac diseases. Specializing in fine tuning the immune system, they also help faster cell recovery and improve the lymph system.


Phew! So many colors with so many health benefits. We are sure that now you will scan the supermarket with your ‘color-coded’ eyes and look deeper into the nutritional value of each item.


Happy munching!