Haskapa

Benefits of eating the rainbow.

Benefits of eating the rainbow.

You already know that a diet incorporating fruit and vegetables is important, but what are the real benefits of eating something yellow, red or green?

Plants contain different pigments, or phytonutrients, which give them their colour. Different-coloured plants are linked to higher levels of specific nutrients and health benefits.

A simple habit that’s easy to keep is simply mixing up the colours of fruit and veg that you eat. A green leaf here, a carrot there, a few red grapes for dessert. It all adds up to a healthier you!

 

Red:
Eg. Tomatoes, Watermelon, Pomegranate

Main phytonutrients:
Lycopene (Vitamin A family)

Main vitamins and minerals:
Folate
Potassium
Vitamins A, C and K1

Some of the potential health benefits:
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
May benefit heart health

 

Orange/Yellow:
Eg. Carrots, Sweet potatoes, Bananas

Main phytonutrients:
Carotenoids (e.g., beta carotene, alpha carotene, which belong to the vitamin A family)

Main vitamins and minerals:
Fibre
Folate
Potassium
Vitamin A (beta carotene), C

Some of the potential health benefits:
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
May benefit heart health
Supports eye health

 

Green:
Eg. Spinach, kale, broccoli

Main phytonutrients:
Leafy greens: chlorophyll and carotenoids
Cruciferous greens (e.g., broccoli, cabbage): indoles, isothiocyanates, glucosinolates

Main vitamins and minerals:
Fibre
Folate
Magnesium
Potassium
Vitamins A, K1

Some of the potential health benefits:
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
May lower risk of heart disease

 

Blue and purple:
Eg. Haskap, red cabbage, plums

Main phytonutrients:
Anthocyanins

Main vitamins and minerals:
Fibre
Manganese
Potassium
Vitamins A, B6, C, K1

Some of the potential health benefits:
Anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant
May benefit heart health
May benefit brain function
May improve sports recovery

And now for the Haskapa bit!
You can get all the blue, red and purple anthocyanins your body needs with 1-2 teaspoons a day of haskap berry powder.
It’s the equivalent of eating a handful of fresh berries a day and best of all, tastes amazingly tangy and sweet, which the whole family will love.