Why eating a rainbow of foods will make you healthier (1/6)

Don’t miss out on life-boosting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Find out why colourful foods pack such a nutritional punch

By Jackie Middleton

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Eat by the rainbow

Leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are nutritional heavy hitters, but there are other brightly coloured foods that are equally important for optimum health. Vibrant red, blue, purple, orange and yellow fruit and vegetables deserve your mealtime attention too. According to Samara Felesky-Hunt, a Calgary-based registered dietitian, phytochemicals – the pigments that give these foods their dynamic colour – “help us maintain good health, and reduce the risk for chronic diseases.” Take advantage of the entire spectrum of unique antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and load up your plate with a rainbow of foods every day.

Canada’s Food Guide recommends that adult women eat seven to eight servings of fruit and vegetables per day while men should eat eight to 10. Here’s a look at the colourful dining options awaiting your next meal.


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