Why are apples red and grapes green?
Fruits give us instant energy and are packed with nutrients. They are tasty too?
The colour of the fruit is an indication of the nutrients they contain and benefits they provide
Phytonutrients that provide colour boost the plant’s immune system. Consuming fruits with phytonutrients protects us from chronic diseases
Red-colored fruits such as strawberries, apples, watermelon and red grapes are found to contain the nutrient carotenoid lycopene
Carotenoid is a potent scavenger of gene-damaging free radicals. They protect against prostate cancer as well as heart and lung disease
Green-colored fruits such as avocados, kiwi fruit are rich in cancer-blocking chemicals like sulforaphane, isocyanate, and indoles
They inhibit the action of carcinogens
Purple and blue fruits draw their color from the nutrient anthocyanin, an anti-oxidant.
Anthocyanin may be beneficial for lowering risk for cancer and heart disease, lessening the painful effects of arthritis
The anti-inflammatory orange-colored foods contain the nutrient beta-cryptoxanthin, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene
These nutrients in the orange-coloured fruits can be converted into vitamin A
The beta-carotenes in some orange fruits and veggies may reduce risk of lung, oesophagus and stomach cancers
Seasonal fruits and vegetables have all the vitamins and nutrients that our body needs in that particular season
Fruits stored and eaten have less of the nutrients
In general, eat fruits with a rainbow of colours so we can get all the phytonutrients they have
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