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