Jamie Who is a blog about everything. Except current affairs. And politics. Also science, sport, religion, celebrities, movies, media and marketing, technology, business and design. So...basically Jamie Who is a blog about food. All things food.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The fruit and veg rainbow

By now, we should all know that fruit and vegetables have health benefits. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, they should form a huge part of your diet. But what is as important is to get some variety. Certain fruit and veg have specific benefits so how do you choose? The most obvious way is to look at their colours. They can generally be split into the following groups:

Look out for tomatoes, strawberries, pomegranates, apples, red peppers, raspberries, watermelon etc. These will have a high count of vitamin C, as well as lycopene which can lower the risk of cancer.

Things like carrots, corn, apricots, nectarines, oranges and bananas are all high in beta-carotene which promotes healthy eyesight. They are also high in calcium and magnesium and promote the formation of collagen.

I couldn't think of anything healthy that was green....Wait, how about brocolli, spinach, any herb, kiwi fruit, grapes, apples, runner beans, asparagus, avocado, peas, mangetout. Give those a try. They will all help boost your immune system and lower the risk of several diseases including cancer.

What's that? I'm writing in black. Yeah, I know. It didn't work in white and I wasn't keen on re-doing this whole post. White fruits and vegetables are amazing sources of sulphur compounds which help balance hormone levels. (laydeeees.) Jokes. Sort of. Check out onions, pears, mushrooms, cauliflower and potatoes.

What you want here is things like aubergine, cabbage, grapes, blueberries, plums and blakberries. Rich in antioxidants and and specific minerals that help the body with recovery.

So next time you buy make sure your trolley looks like a rainbow threw up in it. You will apprecite the benefits of a wide variety plus you won't get bored easily.

Jamie Who

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