What gives fruits their colors

The 5 colors of wellbeing

07/31/2019 - Italy

Besides being just delicious, fruits and vegetables play a very important role in our daily diet. They are rich in vitamins and essential minerals that help maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and they are extremely low in calories. Due to the high fiber content, fruits and vegetables ensure a long-lasting feeling of satiety and, with their high water content, help us to supply the body with sufficient fluids.

What is particularly important to us: creating awareness for healthy food so that our customers can enjoy the benefits of a wholesome and balanced diet every day. For this reason, we promote the path of the 5 colors of well-being as part of our catering service, with the aim of sensitizing adults and children to the importance of these foods.
Each category of fruits and vegetables has different abilities. In order to make the best possible use of the advantages of these foods, a varied consumption of fruits and vegetables of various colors is recommended. red, Yellow-orange, green, Blue-purple and White are color shades of food that are characterized by various natural pigments. Let's discover together how we can categorize the different colors and determine their properties.
Fruits with this shade have several properties: Cherries have a cleansing and detoxifying effect, while the vitamin C in the Strawberries contributes to the functionality of our immune system. In this group we also find them red orange, which is important for the absorption of iron from other foods due to ascorbic acid, and the pomegranatewhich is an antibacterial agent. Finally is the Watermelon: It is not only a refreshing summer fruit, but also an ideal helper against fatigue thanks to the mineral salts it contains.

In the group of vegetables in red color we find that tomatoesthat help regulate our cholesterol levels, radishthat have a cleansing and calming effect, and that Red onionwhich has an antioxidant and diuretic effect. Beetroot and chili peppers have an antioxidant effect and stimulate our metabolism. Included in the raw state tomatoes and paprika a lot of vitamin C, which contributes to the proper functioning of bones, cartilage, gums, skin and teeth and supports the immune system.
Fruits of this color are for example Apricotswhose vitamin A content contributes to our bone development, Mandarins, whose high fiber content supports the well-being of our intestines, and Melonswhich are rich in beta-carotene and help fight free radicals. There are also potassium suppliers like Peaches and Bananasthat help regulate blood pressure and provide the body with sufficient energy.

The yellow-orange vegetables also impress with their vitamin A content: During Carrots are good for our eyes, help Pumpkins while maintaining the texture of the skin and mucous membranes. Vitamins A and C in the paprika have antioxidant properties.
In green color we find, for example, types of fruit such as kiwiwhich contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system due to the richness of vitamin C, or grapes, which provide the body with energy due to their high fructose and glucose content. The green apple is not only good for digestion, but thanks to its low calorie content it is an ideal and, above all, healthy snack for in between meals.

The green colored vegetables are numerous: broccoli and salad are rich in antioxidants, important for our cardiovascular system, asparagus and zucchini on the other hand, the potassium and water they contain promote the urge to urinate. They are not to be despised either green beans, high in fiber and constipative, as well spinach, which facilitates the energy supply with its folic acid. Finally there are those artichokeswhose inulin helps regulate the level of cholesterol in the blood.
The types of fruit with this color include Plumswhich are known for their laxative effects due to their high fiber content, or dark grapes and Raspberriesthat have antioxidant properties. Figs On the other hand, they are rich in sugar and therefore ideal for athletes who want to fully charge their batteries. Johannis-or Blueberries protect our organism from capillary weakness and ensure an intact cardiovascular system and good vision.

In this color category we have vegetables like Eggplantwhich, thanks to their water content, help to cleanse the body, Radicchio, which supports the nervous and muscular system thanks to the potassium it contains, and Blue cabbagethat is high in iron and fiber. Finally there are those purple carrotsthat are considered to be low in calories and ideal for snacking in between meals.
Belong to the white fruits Pears and coconut: Both are foods containing potassium, but differ in their properties. Pears promote the absorption of calcium from other foods and coconut has a diuretic effect. Apples however, contain pectin, a substance that helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

In the group of white vegetables are cauliflowerwhich is high in fiber and good for the gastrointestinal tract, and fennel, which has digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. White onions are known for their diuretic effects and white cabbage promotes the elimination of toxins in the organism. Other vegetables in this category are celerywhich is good for the liver, kidneys and respiratory system, garlic, which protects the body from diseases of the heart or the coronary arteries and leekwhich is known for its diuretic and laxative effects.
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