Eat a Rainbow!

by Jowynna Yeo - 11th Nov 2019

No, not actually eating a rainbow, but eat all the COLOURS of the rainbow! 

We have many fruit and vegetables of different colours and these fruits and vegetables are categorised according to colours to which they post a health benefit to us.

These colours are red, purple/blue, orange, green and white/brown.

Vegetable Lot

Each colour has a unique phytochemical which gives the vibrant colour and their health benefits.

Let's check it out! 

RED

Sliced Vegetables

This red vibrant colour is due to the natural plant pigment called lycopene.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that keeps our heart healthy and reduces cancer risk :)

 

ORANGE/YELLOW

Sliced Orange Fruits

This vibrant colour derives from carotenoids. You might have heard of beta-carotene, a well-known carotenoid found in carrots, pumpkins and more. In our body, beta-carotene is converted into Vitamin A. 

Remember we talked about Vitamin A in our previous post? 

Vitamin A helps to maintain healthy eyes :) 

 

GREEN

Green Apple Beside of Two Clear Glass Jars
Aiks, this might be the colour most children dislike but don't give up!

Continue to encourage your kids to eat green vegetables as its rich in many phytochemicals such as carotenoids, indoles and saponins. 

 

PURPLE /BLUE

Eggplant Vegetable Plant Lot

This beautiful colour drives from the plant pigment called anthocyanin, another powerful antioxidant. 

 

BROWN/WHITE

Mushroom on Brown Wooden Plate


We must not forget about white and brown fruits and vegetables! They contain many health benefits due to its phytochemicals, allicin. 

 

Don't forget to eat a rainbow! 

 

Author Details

Founder of Vease, Jowynna loves tackling picky eaters and teaching children about food & nutrition. Jowynna is also a Consultant Dietitian at ABC Children Specialist Clinic.