Why should you eat a diversity of fruits and vegetables? Well, one single type of fruit or vegetable will not provide all of the nutrients that you need. The Harvard School of Public Health cites benefits like lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, cancer prevention, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and a positive effect upon blood sugar (which can help to keep your appetite in check).
Health Tip #6: Add More Colour to Your Diet
Largely due to my friend DK, I am trying to add more variety to my diet. Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it rather than push my boundaries and try new things. That even extends to things as simple as fruits and vegetables. Why would I try something I’ve never heard of when I already have a list of tried and tested produce that I know I like? Well, because a diverse and colourful diet is important. But don’t just take DK’s word for it:
As you are choosing your favorite produce, remember to choose color. Deeper colors usually mean that fruits and vegetables are richer in phytonutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Phytonutrients have been shown to help fight chronic illness, prevent cancer and strengthen the immune system.
Think of dark purple eggplant and blackberries, which are full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Also consider dark green zucchini, spinach, kale and lettuces, which are also rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Bright red tomatoes are full of lycopene and antioxidants. Orange cantaloupe melon is rich in vitamins A and C, minerals and hydrating water.
What are your favourite fruits and vegetables in each colour group? Think about deep colours, greens, and bright colours. Are you getting enough in each category?