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Why do we want to eat the colours of the rainbow?

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Veggies come in many shapes and sizes. They also come in a variety of colours.

Did you know? The colours of veggies occur naturally and help give your veggies their unique taste, colour and nutritional benefits. Tip! While all veggies are great for your health, choose a variety of colours and types to get the most benefits.

Let’s explore the colours more:

Red: The red colour is created by a natural antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene helps to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals have been linked with increasing the risk of some health conditions.

Red veggies: Tomatoes, red capsicum, red onion

Green: The green colour is created by a plant nutrient called chlorophyll. These veggies (especially darker green ones) are rich in vitamin C. Also a good source of folate. Vitamin C helps with lots of things in the body! It helps you better absorb iron and supports a healthy immune system.

Green veggies: Spinach, rocket, broccoli, peas, green beans, asparagus, artichokes, kale, Brussel sprouts

Orange and yellow: These veggies are rich in vitamin C and contain beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A may support your eye health.

Orange and yellow veggies: Carrots, pumpkin, yellow tomatoes, button squash, sweet potato, yellow and orange capsicum, corn

Blue and purple: These veggies contain antioxidants called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which is good news for your health

Blue and purple veggies: Eggplant, purple cabbage, purple carrot, purple sweet potato

White and brown: The onion and garlic family contains allicin - a natural antioxidant. Other foods in this group are rich in a variety of different natural antioxidants.

White and brown veggies: White and brown onions, cauliflower, garlic, leeks, parsnips, daikon radish, yams, mushrooms

Fun Fact: All veggies contain vitamin C! Capsicum, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Asian greens and tomatoes are particularly rich in vitamin C. Getting vitamin C in your diet is essential, because your body cannot make its own vitamin C. It is also not stored in your body for very long, so eating foods rich in vitamin C (like veggies and fruit) can help top up your Vitamin C.


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