Benefits of Different Colored Food

Red – Think luscious tomatoes and sweet watermelons. The color generally indicates the presence of lycopene which is known to reduce the risk of cancer.

 Naturally red foods:  strawberries, apples and watermelons.

Green –Foods that are green are packed with sulforaphane, isothiocyanate, and indoles which simulate the liver genes to produce compounds which help to keep cancer producing chemicals in check.

Naturally green foods: cabbage, broccoli and green peas.

White – These flavonoid packed fruits and vegetables act as antioxidants and also help to protect the cell membrane.

Naturally white foods – copious amounts of onions, garlic and pears will ensure your body to get its fill of flavonoid.

Purple – The colour is created by anthocyanins which helps in increased blood flow, and improves kidney and eye functions.

 Orange – Remember Bugs Bunny munching on a carrot? What you probably didn’t know then is that orange colored food contains alpha and beta-carotenes which help your cells to communicate better with each other and help prevent cancer. Some orange colored food like oranges and papayas are also rich in Vitamin C which
aid cell protection.

Naturally orange foods – Oranges, papayas, carrots, musk melon, mango

Yellow – The color signals tonnes of carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for eye health.

The truth is, food that looks good often ends up tasting better.


Maher Taqi