Only 6.8% of Australians are eating enough veggies per day, these figures are extremely alarming. Vegetables contain important vitamins and minerals that are essential for health and development. Being low in fat, salt and sugar they can/should be consumed endlessly for anyone with a health goal.
A diet that is low or lacking in vegetable consumption can present numerous health risks, fruits and vegetables are protective against against many diet related diseases.
Foods of similar colours generally contain similar protective compounds. Try to eat a rainbow of colourful fruits and vegetables every day to get the full range of health benefits. For example:
- Red foods – like tomatoes and watermelon. These contain lycopene, which is thought to be important for fighting prostate cancer and heart disease
- Green vegetables – like spinach and kale. These contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help protect against age-related eye disease
- Blue and purple foods – like blueberries and eggplant. These contain anthocyanins, which may help protect the body from cancer
- White foods – like cauliflower. These contain sulforaphane and may also help protect against some cancers.
Make sure you eat all the colours of the rainbow for optimal health.
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