What are the health benefits
Eat around the rainbow for all your vitamins and minerals!
RED Lycopene gives red fruits their colour, and contains properties that protects against heart problems, blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s absorbed be er by us when cooked.
ORANGE O Carotenes are converted to Vitamin A in our bodies, which helps with hormones and the heart, keeps eyes healthy and can protect against cancers. Citrus has more vitamin C however.
YELLOW Y Yellow fruit and veg also have carotenes in them, all of which ups the vitamin A count in our bodies as much as orange fruit and veg. Citrus are, of course, also rich in Vitamin C.
GREEN Chlorophyll gives green crops their colour, but many greens, such as broccoli and peas, are medical research marvels; the former may specifically protect blood vessels and against certain cancers, while peas are among those that protect eye health.
BLUE-PURPLE Blue and purple fruit and veg contain heavy doses of anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants to protect from cell damage. Beetroot is particularly high in nitrates, which experts think reduces blood pressure.