July 2012

Eat Your Colours Fill your plate with a vibrant array of fruits and veggies to keep your brain and body at their peak. Crack the Colour Code When it comes to selecting produce, there’s no one tint that rises above the rest. We need the full spectrum. That’s why we’re omnivore. Here’s what each hue brings you. Green These foods contain cancer-protecting phytochemicals, like isothiocyanates. They also have lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that may reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. Yellow Sun-coloured produce is full of vitamin C, which helps heal wounds and also blocks some skin damage caused by free radicals. Chances are you’re not hitting your color quota. Orange These have beta-carotene, which may help boost immune function and protect against free-radical damage. Nutrients in citrus fruits also improve oral health. Red Tomatoes and tomato products, watermelon, pink grapefruit. These foods contain lycopene, which studies have shown reduces the risk of several types of cancer. Apricots and pink guavas are also sources of lycopene. Source: womenshealthmag.com