The Japanese diet is known to be the most healthiest diet in the world. They eat the most colorful foods that are beautifully balanced and presentable. Japanese follow the food concept that has existed for centuries. They believe that food should be enjoyed with all the five senses. Taste and smell are obvious, other three are texture, color and sound. Colors have a great significance to their cuisine. It is considered as important as the taste of the food. Each different colored foods add different nutrients that are beneficial to your body. Try these colorful foods in your meal for maximum health benefits and make it look exciting for the entire family!
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Orange or yellow colored foods tend to be high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant to improve immunity. These foods include: oranges, pepper, cantaloupe, mango, squash, carrots, sweet potato, lemon, papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin. Scientists suggests that eating food with high content of beta-carotene reduces the risk of developing various cancers.
Blue and purple colored foods contain anthocyanins which helps with memory and reduces disease risk. These foods include: eggplant, grapes, purple potatoes, plums, raisins, blackberries, blueberries, and prunes.
Green foods such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus, collard greens, bok choy, kale, arugula, kiwi, brussels sprouts, artichoke, honeydew, and celery contain a compound called lutein. This lutein compound helps protecting eyes from various diseases.
Red colored foods contain lycopene and anthocyanins, both heart-healthy compounds. Try foods like tomato, pepper, apples, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, beets, watermelon, red onion, and pomegranate.
People suggest to avoid white food but they mostly refer to processed foods like white bread, chips etc. White foods such as cauliflower, onion, potato, banana, parsnips, jicama, garlic, and mushrooms contain nutrients such as alicin to promote heart health and reduce risk of disease.