EAT BY COLOR

There’s prob­a­bly A good rea­son why food has Color. If They were All The same shade of Blue IT would Be like CON­SUM­ING PLAS­TIC. Turns out you Need A whole squad of Col­ors To EAT right

FHM (Philippines) - - CONTENTS - WORDS AL­LAN P. HER­NAN­DEZ IL­LUS­TRA­TION BORG SINABAN

Stuff­ing your­self is a mul­ti­sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence

01 WHITE

You would think that since the color is as­so­ci­ated with pu­rity, then it should trans­late to good health. Not if we’re talk­ing about too much rice. “A lot of rice trans­lates to ex­cess calo­ries. Even­tu­ally it will be stored as fats. Unli-rice also in­creases the risk for di­a­betes,” says Jemely Man­gosan, di­eti­cian at The Med­i­cal City, Pam­panga.

02 GREEN

Na­ture prob­a­bly packed all the good stuff in green hop­ing you’d be tempted to eat what she had blan­keted the earth with. “The green in veg­eta­bles is rich in vi­ta­mins B com­plex, K, and C,” Man­gosan says. B is for mak­ing new cells; K is for bone health; C is for immunity. Am­palaya and okra have them all but you’re not eat­ing them, which we can fully un­der­stand.

03 RED

“A red color means it is rich in flavonoids, also called an­tiox­i­dants,” Man­gosan says. Wine! “An­tiox­i­dants limit cel­lu­lar dam­age,” Man­gosan adds, which means the longer your cells func­tion well the longer your body is bonded to­gether, be­cause cells are your blocks. But also beef! “Good be­cause of pro­tein and fats; bad if too much be­cause of the fat. More red also means more uric acid=pos­si­bity of gout,” Man­gosan says.

04 OR­ANGE/YEL­LOW

Car­rots for carotene. “Carotene is ba­si­cally Vi­ta­min A, which as we know is for good vi­sion. So if you mix the green of the leafy veg­eta­bles and the or­ange and yel­lows of car­rots and squash, you’re on the road to a balanced diet,” Man­gosan says.

05 PINK/OR SOME AR­TI­FI­CIAL COLOR

Pink, or some other psy­che­delic food color, is not made by na­ture, but by lab rats. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety (ACS), ar­ti­fi­cial food col­or­ings were first made from coal tar, then later they switched to petroleum. Isn’t that were ga­so­line also comes from? But ap­par­ently, we eat with our eyes. Hot­dogs are red be­cause of food color, but they are, in fact, gray, ac­cord­ing to the ACS.

06 BLACK

The color of de­li­cious char from grilling and bar­be­cue. Bad. “Charred meat from the grill or bar­be­cu­ing is a proven risk fac­tor for colon can­cer. Re­move it,” Man­gosan says. Awwwww!

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