Your old clothes don’t fit you any more? Has weight loss become your primary goal? Do not worry. Today we will talk about the rainbow diet which helps you lose weight but not health. Even more interesting, it helps you manage your weight forever. Well, if you are thinking this diet to be another fad diet, you might be wrong. Rainbow diet basically involves eating a variety of colourful and nutritious foods. These includes fresh and natural fruits and vegetables. Weight loss is one of the many benefits this diet offers. This diet has also been linked to several physical and mental health benefits. In fact, following a rainbow diet plan can get all the essential nutrients your body needs. Eating a diet consisting of plenty of colourful foods may be beneficial for the immune system to fight off chronic diseases.
Eating a diet consisting of plenty of colourful foods may be beneficial for the immune system to fight off chronic diseases.
Photo Credit: iStock
Health benefits of the rainbow diet
Red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, watermelons, radish, raspberries, red peppers, strawberries, pink grapes are rich in phytochemicals (lycopene and anthocyanins). These foods have anti-inflammatory properties and will help you protect against certain diseases including cancer(prostate cancer) and diabetes. They are beneficial for eye health and keep your skin healthy.
The antioxidants in these orange-coloured foods help prevent free radical damage to your DNA. These foods are great for your skin health. Orange colored foods contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene. These antioxidants help your body in many different ways. For instance, they help in maintaining a healthy heart and even increase bone density. Carrots, oranges, lemons, sweet potatoes, papayas, pumpkins, jackfruit and the list is endless.
Foods like pineapple, orange, lemons and papaya are known to be good for digestive health, reduce inflammation and swelling. These foods contain enzymes such as bromelain and papain that may provide a wide array of health benefits.
Well! Who doesn’t know the numerous health benefits of green leafy vegetables? Spinach, cabbage, mustard greens, peas, kale, parsley, celery, kiwi, green apples, broccoli, artichoke are great for your overall health. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals, potassium, fibre, and antioxidants. These nutrients boost the immune system, help you in weight loss and improve your gut health. They also increase energy and reduce your risk of cancer.
Well! Who doesn’t know the numerous health benefits of green leafy vegetables?
Photo Credit: iStock
Purples or blues
These deep coloured foods, which include purple cauliflower, purple cabbage, purple kale, eggplant, blueberries, cranberries, are loaded with antioxidants which are amazing for your brain and heart health. They may also help reduce inflammation in the body.
These fruits and veggies may not look as colourful as other foods, but they improve your overall health and well-being. Bananas, cauliflower, potatoes, onions, garlic are known for their ability to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, manage high blood pressure and protect against certain type of cancers.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.