Paint your plate a natural pink with these foods and reap the health benefits
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The millennial pink trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Over the past few years, millennial pink has taken over our wardrobes – of both women and men, beauty products and even bar counters. It was not until recently that this Insta-worthy colour moved beyond the palette and besieged our palates too. When you think pink, think pink pasta and oh yes, the pink KitKat too. But if you’d rather skip the unnatural pink food colouring and are looking for something that screams health, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how you can add some pink to your diet – naturally.

Guavas
Oranges may have taken all the credit for vitamin C but guavas boast four times the vitamin C levels of their citrusy counterparts. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps to improve the body’s immunity against diseases and infections. Including this tropical fruit in your daily diet can also help reduce the risk of diabetes thanks to its low glycemic index. Besides, the fibre in guavas helps to regulate the body's sugar levels. Apart from vitamin C, this fruit is also known to be rich in vitamin A which helps to prevent macular degeneration and improves overall eye health.

Raspberries
These pretty fruits do more than making your dessert and salad bowl look Insta-friendly, and are packed with a ton of health benefits. Low in calories and high on fibre, raspberries can be your best friend if you're on a weight loss plan. This fruit keeps you feeling full for longer so those hunger pangs won't strike too often. Raspberries are also rich in phytonutrients which boost the brain's memory function. The best way to enjoy the goodness of this fruit is by topping your waffles and pancakes with fresh raspberries. You could also fold them into your baked goodies, blend them into a smoothie or use as a spread on chapatis or bread slices.

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Grapefruit (Chakotra)
Grapefruits are full of vitamin C which helps stimulate the production of collagen. This means that healthy, glowing skin is just a grapefruit away. Besides, these pink fruits also have a high water content, about 91 per cent, making them one of the most hydrating fruits, after watermelons of course. Grapefruits are also a good source of vitamin B, zinc, copper and iron, all of which work together to boost your system’s immunity. Its slightly sour, sweet and bitter taste lends itself well to desserts and muffins. Besides, you could simply toss some these pink citrusy fruits into your salads to add a nice zesty tang.

Dragon fruit
Dragon fruit is full of essential vitamins and minerals like vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C along with fibre and antioxidants. This fruit is great for your gut health, boasts low levels of cholesterol, calories and monounsaturated fats. Snacking on this pink fruit will result in balanced levels of iron in your body, healthy teeth and good immunity, thereby preventing you from falling sick. Light and refreshing, this fruit can be enjoyed in its natural form or can also be added to your smoothies. It can be your post-workout fix or even a healthy breakfast option.

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Rhubarb
Whether you prefer to call it a fruit or vegetable, rhubarb not only adds an unusual flavour to desserts but also helps up your health quotient. Although grown in valleys throughout the Himalayan region, this pink food isn't easy to find. High in fibre, it is also a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin K. Rhubarb plays an important role in bone metabolism, aids digestion and makes for an effective anti-inflammatory cure. Its distinct, tarty flavour is always balanced with a fair amount of sugar, making for a great addition to jams, pickles and sauces.


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