Eat Your Favourite Colour

Winter 2004 CSANews Issue 53  |  Posted date : May 16, 2007.Back to list

The appealing, rich colour of some fruits and vegetables may protect you from disease. Studies show that the natural pigments in colourful fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of heart disease, age-related blindness, and certain types of cancer. Researchers at UCLA Center for Human Nutrition developed the "Color Wheel of Health", which emphasizes the importance of eating colour-rich foods. Red foods, such as tomatoes and pink grapefruit, contain lypocene, a powerful antioxidant that may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Beta carotene, found in orange foods, is also an antioxidant. Blue and purple foods, such as blueberries, blackberries, grapes, and plums, contain allicin, a chemical that may lower cholesterol and blood pressure. For more information about the benefits of colour-rich foods, visit the "5 a day – The Color Way" website at