And I don’t mean the chopped carrots and green beans in the fried rice you ate at a wedding on Saturday, or even the cooked to death vegetables in the soups you eat. I am talking about raw, fresh, uncooked vegetables. Think about it.
Vegetables are not supposed to be just garnishes to add some colour to the food were eating. They are actually food in themselves. They contain amazing phytonutrients that help protect and repair the body. Usually the colours depicted by the fruit or vegetable is an indication of the type of phytochemical it contains.
Let me summarize it for you with this table:
|Red||Lycopene||Tomatoes, Watermelon, Red grapefruit, guava||· Prevents heart diseases and prostate cancer|
|Blueberries, black berries, Grapes, red cabbage||· Maintains elasticity of the skin
· Prevents blood cloth
· Prevent progression of cancer
· Raises HDL
· Promotes longevity
|Orange/ Yellow||Bioflavonoids||Oranges, Tangerines. Lemons, Papaya, Pineapple||· Strengthens blood vessels.
· Prevents allergies and inflammation
· Prevents haemorrhoids and varicose veins
· Rich in antioxidants
|Spinach, Kale, Lettuce, leek, peas||· Reduces risk of macular degeneration
· Protects the eyes
|Green||Contains numerous phytonutrients||Broccoli, kale, Ugwu, Bitter leaves, Garden egg leaves||· Lowers risk of cancer|
|White/green||Quercetin||Onions, garlic||· Prevents cancer
· Antimicrobial activities
Also the deeper and brighter the hue, the more phytonutrients it contains. Try to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables every day, it’ll do your body good.
So, what fruits and vegetables do you normally eat?