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Why you should Eat a Rainbow Every Day

I love it when I am ahead of the game! Did you catch yesterday’s news story all about telling people ‘5 a day’ is just not enough and we should be eating at least 10 portions of fruit and veg a day. I actually wrote this exact same thing in a blog about 2 years ago, it is good to know that finally every one else has cottoned on!

I do wonder whether people are even managing to eat 5 a day, maybe aiming higher could help them reach the original level.

The Original Blog……

The government states that we should eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day but should we really be eating more? Research suggests that we actually need closer to 10 portions a day in order to truly lower our risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Eat a Rainbow

It is recommended that we literally eat a rainbow of fruit and veg every day so we are getting the correct spectrum of nutrients provided by the different colour groups.  It’s so clever that nature has colour coded everything for us.

Here are a few basic examples although each fruit and veg has a myriad of benefits and all of them contain antioxidants, which we need plenty of to fight against damaging free radicals from pollution, alcohol, stress etc.

The Rainbow

Red food, such as tomatoes are particularly good for prostrate health.
Yellow/green veg like corn and leafy greens help prevent age-related macular degeneration. (bad eye sight)
Red/purple foods are super powerful antioxidants and strengthen the cardiovascular system.
Orange food, pumpkin, carrots etc provide beta carotene that converts to Vitamin A to help fight against infection.
Orange/yellow foods, like citrus contain Vitamin C, which keeps us young and our immune system strong.
Green foods, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale offer protection against cancer.
White/green foods in the onion family are great for heart health and immunity.

How to Eat a Rainbow in Day?

Make a Green Smoothie, throw some fruit on your morning cereal, make a vegetable soup, throw together a salad, make colourful stir fries, increase your vegetarian meals, it’s not as hard as you think! Think fruit, veg or salad with every meal and you will soon get there.

Kathy
Your Healthy Self
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PS If you really want to get healthy, why not join my FREE 5 Day Healthy Eating Challenge, I suggest some simple changes you can make that could really change your life, it is all about knowing why.