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Why you need to try Rainbow Diet!

Rainbow Diet, just as colorful and exciting as it sounds! This diet is said to have numerous health benefits. In this post, learn the easy way to start this diet and why you need to try it.

Rainbow Diet
Rainbow Diet

Am I the only one who is tired of age old green-leafy salads? Let me make your diet colorful, in fact very colorful! Heard about Rainbow Diet? This diet trend is just as interesting as it sounds!

Why you need to try Rainbow Diet?

We all know that fruits and vegetables get their color from the micro-nutrients that they contain. Vitamins and Phyto-nutrients are responsible for providing these colorful hues varying in each and every plant source. This is why it is very important for you to eat All the colors of the rainbow, say hello to “Rainbow Diet” Which means a diet abundant in all the nutritional colors (i.e. yellow, orange, red, green, blue, indigo, purple) is essential for optimal health. These powerful antioxidants help to establish a strong defense system to support a bulletproof immune system and equip your body to combat the development of diseases.

To simplify the Rainbow Diet for you-

To make it even more easy-peasy for you I am gonna list down (at the end of the article) fruits and vegetable according to their color so you have your grocery list ready with you, just screenshot and head to the nearest store!
You’re welcome! 😉 

The main benefit a Rainbow diet is ensuring that you eat All the colors which in turn means you will get all the different vitamins and minerals, remember we talked about how each color denotes presence of a unique set of vitamins and minerals.

My Rainbow diet

Let’s talk about colors and the benefits: 

Blue/Purple

Science behind the color:

The blue/purple hues in foods are due primarily to their anthocyanin content. The darker the blue hue, the higher the phytochemical concentration. Anthocyanins are antioxidants that are particularly heart healthy and may help support healthy blood pressure.

Violet/Indigo 

Science behind the color:

Grapes, black beans, black cherries, prunes, raisins, boysenberries, mangosteens, passion fruit, purple cabbage, plums, and flowers from sage, rosemary, and thyme plants contain flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamin D, phytochemicals, and fatty acids (essential to proper brain function). 

Red

Science behind the color:

A meta-analysis (a super-study which collates the findings of earlier research) has confirmed lycopene, the phytonutrient which makes tomatoes red, cuts the risk of prostate cancer by 20 per cent. Having a lot of tomatoes in the diet also appears to protect against breast and neck cancer.

Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium which helps maintain electrical activity in the heart and counters some of the damage caused by a high-salt diet. A carotenoid, lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that has been associated with a reduced risk of some cancers, especially prostate cancer, and protection against heart attacks.

Green

Science behind the color: 

The natural plant pigment chlorophyll colors green fruits and vegetables. In our system, the green foods represented those foods rich in isothiocyanates, which induce enzymes in the liver that assist the body in removing potentially carcinogenic compounds. According to information from the PBH, cruciferous veggies such as broccoli and cabbage contain the phytochemicals indoles and isothiocyanates, which may have anticancer properties.

Green vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin K, folic acid, potassium, as well as carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids.

Yellow/Green

Science behind the color: 

A variation of the green color category, these foods exhibit a richness in lutein. Lutein is particularly beneficial for eye health,There are lutein receptors in the macula of the eye, and lutein helps protect against age-related macular degeneration.

White:

Science behind the color:

Unlike the manufactured food in which white always means sugar, bleached flour, and food drained of its nutrient profile, white foods in nature are highly nutritious and healing for the body. White foods purifies the blood, detoxifies the liver, regulates healthy cellular growth, and reduces inflammation that can damage the vascular system. Foods that comprise the onion family are loaded with the anti-inflammatory compound allicin. Allicin is a sulfur containing compound that destroys viruses, bacteria, and fungi and inhibits cancer growth.

Here’s the list for you:

  • Blue/Purple- Eggplant (especially the skin), blueberries, blackberries, prunes, plums, pomegranates, Blueberries, Fresh Figs, Kidney Beans, Aubergine
  • Violet/Indigo- Grapes, black beans, black cherries, prunes, raisins, boysenberries, mangosteens, passion fruit, purple cabbage, plums,
  • Red- Tomatoes and tomato products, watermelon, pink grapefruit, cranberries, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Strawberries, Red Apples, Red Peppers and Chillies
  • Green- Broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, Watercress, Spinach, Lettuce, Alfalfa, Green Peppers, Green Grapes, Nori Seaweed
  • Yellow/Orange and Yellow/Green- Avocado, kiwifruit, pistachios, Green Apples, Green Grapes, guava, Sweet Potato, Carrots
  • White- White Onion, Garlic, Cauliflower, Chicory, Mushrooms, White Cabbage, White Beans.

Bonus for trying this diet, you can take some Insta-worthy shots of this diet since it is already a trend on Instagram.

Learn more about this diet and Rainbow Recipes here!

Don’t forget to tell me if you plan to try it or if you have already tried it.

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3 Comments

  1. Jaime Delvin says:

    Very nice post. Waiting for your next post, I loved reading this. 🙂

  2. Rochat says:

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  3. Benny says:

    Very informative post

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