Health experts recommend a colourful diet. The reason being that colours mean foods with different vitamins and minerals. And since no single food can provide us with the variety of nutrients essential for the overall functioning of our bodies, eating foods of different colours can help ensure meet our needs. For instance, yellow-coloured foods owe their benefits mostly to their carotenoid contents. These compounds are mainly responsible for the deep and vibrant colour of all the fruits and veggies. Three of the most common carotenoids are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta cryptoxanthin. Of these, beta-carotene gets converted into vitamin A in the body. Sunny-coloured foods are a rich source of bioflavonoids like vitamin C and various other compounds that help promote healthy skin, eyes, and immune system.
Here are 5 yellow foods that you should be eating more of:
Never heard of it? Well, we don’t blame you. This alien-like tentacled fruit is grown only in Northern India, however, can be bought from online grocery stores) is also known as Fingered Citrus. Despite having citrus characteristics, the fruit has no juice or pulp. But it’s the pith that is the star attraction with a mild and subtle taste. Why add this distinct fruit to your grocery shopping list? It can ease menstrual pain, soothe gastrointestinal distress, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and prevent respiratory illness. Besides, the lack of bitterness makes it a perfect addition to baked goodies and salads. Simply use the zest or shave off thin slices and add into your dishes.
The humble lemon is often reserved for a glass of chilled nimbu paani on a hot summer day or as a garnish on your thali. However, lemons so full of nutritional benefits that you should be adding them to your daily diet. These bright-hued fruits contain vitamins A, C and E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and phosphorus. Flavonoids and vitamin C are antioxidants that help neutralise oxidative stress, prevent constipation, high blood pressure, indigestion and even diabetes. Besides, lemons can also help improve kidney health. To reap the benefits of this fruit, you don’t have to eat them whole. You could simply start by waking up to a glass of warm lemon water with honey.
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