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.
Commonly called carambola, is a star-shaped sweet and sour waxy fruit that you might’ve probably seen local vendors selling on carts. If you’ve never given this fruit a try, here’s why you should. The best part is, the entire fruit, including the waxy skin is edible. This fruit is loaded with vitamins B5 and C, fibre, protein, folate, copper, potassium and magnesium. To reap the benefits of a starfruit you’ve got to simply rinse it, cut off the ends, slice and de-seed it. As the flesh has a mild yet sour taste, this fruit can simply be eaten as a plain snack or tossed into salads.
Unlike red beets, golden beets are sweeter, have a less earthy aroma and are mellow in intensity. Golden or yellow beets are good for your heart as they decrease the risk of any potential heart diseases. The high antioxidant level in golden beets makes them excellent body cleansers. Start your day with a tall glass of golden-beet juice to understand the impact. Besides, they are also known to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and treats anaemia and fatigue, as they are good sources of fibre, iron, potassium and folic acid. What’s more, they and are also good for your eyes and skin. Owing to their distinct yellow colour, these beets can instantly make any food look fun and make all your salads and even sabzis look appetising.
Yellow peppers are sweeter than their green and red counterparts. Bell peppers are excellent sources of vitamins A, B6 and C, and contain folic acid and fibre–all of which can help neutralise the effect of free radicals, reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes and even cataracts. Lutein and zeaxanthin are other carotenoids found in yellow bell peppers which can help improve eye health. You can add raw yellow peppers to almost everything - from dips and sabzis, to pizzas and even soup.
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