Coloured rainbow of fruits & vegetables-a daily healthy bite

Shalini Sood and Mohasin Kasim Chougle

By eating fruits and vegetables of a variety of different colours, one can get the best all-around health benefits. Each different colour fruit and vegetables contains unique health components that are essential to our health. Fruits and vegetables are very important to our health because they are whole foods, created by nature, that are rich in a large amount of nutrients. People need different amounts of fruits and vegetables depending on their age, gender and amount of daily physical activity. The phrase "eating a rainbow" of fruits and vegetables is a simple way of remembering to get as much color variety in diet as possible to maximize intake of a broad range of nutrients. The colours of fruits and vegetables are a small clue as to what vitamins and nutrients are included. By getting a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables we are guaranteed a diverse amount of essential vitamins and minerals. However, as compared to the amount of money spent on pre-packaged, processed, and fast foods, most fruits and vegetables (with the exception of those that are not in season) are not all that expensive. Because frozen fruits and vegetables retain the majority of their nutritional value, they can be an excellent alternative when certain foods are out of season. Someone who is not able to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day can also drink fruit and vegetable drinks in their place. Although this shouldn't become a habit, fruit and vegetable drink mixes can be an excellent substitute while travelling.

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