We all know that a bowl of salad is way more nutrient-dense than a bowl of potato chips (I hope!).
But did you know that dark leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard and spinach have significantly more nutrients than light green lettuces?
Or that red, purple and blue tinted vegetables (think red beets, purple cabbage, red leaf lettuce) have more nutrients than their lighter counterparts (golden beets, green lettuce and green cabbage)?
Even different coloured grains like purple corn, purple barley and wild rice boast more nutrients than your typical brown and white varieties.
Well, over the past few decades, plant scientists have discovered 8000 different plant nutrients. Eight thousand! And a sure way to get all of these different nutrients in your diet is by making sure that you’re eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, particularly ones that are vibrant and colourful.
I’ve written about this topic in my blog titled – The Farmacy: What colours can tell you about nutritional value. In this blog I explain what colours signify what nutrients – and what these nutrients mean for YOUR health and longevity.
So the next time that you’re at the market, produce aisle or farm stand, glance down at your basket and make sure that it’s full of fruits and vegetables that are vibrant, deeply pigmented and a range of colours.
Remember, healthy food and tasty food are not mutually exclusive.