A multicolor diet isn’t just appetizing, it also gives you lots of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function.
Lack of time is the killer of designing good looking meals. Too few are those that take the time to set the table and arrange the food in such a way to be appealing to the eye and senses. The truth is that a well arranged meal is much more appetizing than a sloppy looking one. Scientists have shown that a multicolored balanced meal is much more appealing to us because of the message it transmits to our body: eat that food and you will get all the vitamins and minerals that you need.
The color of natural foods is a clear indicator of a certain dose of a nutrient. When you learn what each color stands for you will also be able to pick the vitamins and minerals you want to eat by picking the foods you eat. Color is everything.
Red colored foods like strawberries and tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and beta carotene. Red foods are good in preventing heart diseases and cancer. They also offer protection against the damaging substances found in our daily polluted environment. Other red foods like soy and beef are an important source of proteins and iron.
Bright red and purple foods like grapes, blackberries, radishes are full of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. That is why bright red and purple foods are recommended in increasing the immunity of your body and in preventing cancer. Red beet is full of iron and magnesium and because it prevents the accumulation of fat deposits, it is ideal to include in a balanced weight loss diet. Try to use these colors in salads and fruit salads.
Yellow and orange foods have a huge concentration of potassium, carbohydrates and a important dose of beta carotene. Foods you should eat daily include: lemons, oranges, quinces, pumpkins, corn, beans, carrots… They provide a big dose of vitamin C to the body. Starch filled foods like potatoes and baked goods are recommended for growing up children because they are full of carbohydrates.
White foods are full of calcium: cheese and dairies, yogurt, eggs and fish meat. Of course you can get the necessary dose of calcium from fruits and vegetables also, but white foods have an extra advantage: they contain vitamin D and A that are needed to absorb the calcium so that your body can benefit from it. You can always find a way to insert a little white foods in any meal.
Green foods are usually the richest sources of vitamins and minerals. The vitamins C and E contained in these foods helps your body fight off bacterium and pathogenic agents, reducing the risk of getting many diseases. Spinach, cabbage, green beans, salad, broccoli, apples, avocado, parsley, dill and other spices are some of the most reliable sources of iron and magnesium for your body.
All you have to do to have a rock solid health is to eat as many colors daily as possible. Your meals will look appetizing and your body will benefit a lot getting fitter and fitter with each meal.
May 9, 2009
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