Pink fruits and vegetables are rich in lycopene and anthocyanins, which may help prevent cancer, control blood pressure, and protect against diabetes-related circulatory problems. Pink food may also be a wonderful way to get your children to try fruit and vegetables.
When it comes to choosing your daily fruits and vegetables the more colours you eat every day the better. By choosing fruits and vegetables from each colour group, you will benefit from the unique array of phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and fibre that each colour group has to offer. There is thousands of health promoting chemicals found in plants and they may help your body fight disease. Pink fruits and vegetables are rich in lycopene and anthocyanins, which may help prevent cancer, control blood pressure, and protect against diabetes-related circulatory problems. Pink food may also be a wonderful way to get your children to try fruit and vegetables.
Pink Tomatoes and Pink Grapefruits
Pink grapefruits, pink guava, watermelons, rose hips and tomato-based products are rich in lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid, which is a colour-giving substances found in many of the red, orange and yellow hues of fruits and vegetables, as well as flowers, birds, insects fish and crustaceans. Foods that are rich in lycopene may help reduce the risk of several types of cancer, including prostate cancer. This is not a cure for cancer, rather research suggests that lycopene enhances general immunity, and it might be effective in improving the action of T-cells and inhibiting the growth of cancerous tumours. Try growing your own pink heirloom tomatoes, bursting with flavours and lycopene. There are several interesting seeds to buy, and pink tomatoes are easy to grow.
Pink grapefruit gets its colour from arytenoids carotene, and in the body, carotenoids are partially converted to vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that is required in the diet for good growth, skin development, and the maintenance of colour and peripheral vision. Pink grapefruit is a great source of dietary fibre. Pink grapefruit is also an excellent fruit to juice; an entire day’s recommended amount of vitamin C in a single 240 ml glass.
Bright Pink Beetroot Dips
Strawberries, raspberries and beetroots contain anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant, which helps control blood pressure, bacterial infections, diabetes and aging and neurological diseases. Beetroot has been used as a treatment for cancer in Europe. Specific anti-carcinogens are bound to the red colouring matter, which may help the fight against cancer. Beetroot also increases the uptake of oxygen by as much as 400 percent. Soup and dips made with beetroot have a lovely bright pink colour.
Who can resist the vibrant, fuchsia-coloured pomegranates and the beautiful tiny seeds, each enclosed in a glittering jewel-like cell? Pomegranates are not only pretty, but also packed with goodness. Pomegranate juice may help fight lung and prostate cancer. Pomegranate’s cancer-fighting capabilities are believed to be due to its high antioxidant content, which have an anti-inflammatory effect. Pomegranate juice might be expensive, but adding a splash of it to smoothies and salads makes the food bursting with colour.
Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants and the juice may improve blood flow to the heart. Pomegranate juice may help stop plaque from building up in blood vessels. The antioxidants in the juice may help keep cholesterol in a form that is less damaging, and prevent and repair DNA damage that can lead to cancer.
Salmon Coloured Guavas
The flavour of the pink guava is described as part strawberry and part pear. People who want to start their day with a fruit juice that contains lots of vitamin C should consider a glass of guava nectar. Guava fruit is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. Guava fruits may help lower cholesterol, protect your heart, and boost your immune system.
The fibre content in guavas is high and guavas may help in relieving constipation, if eaten with seeds. Guavas also contain high amounts of calcium.
Guava puree provides an exotic flavour as well as rosy pink colour to a list of food products. It is an essential ingredient in many tropical juice blends and fruit nectars. It can be used in fruit fillings for cookies or pastries, and guava flavours yogurt, yoghurt drinks, sorbets and many baby foods. Strawberry guava is easy to grow; it is a shrub or small tree. Strawberry guavas are sweet and strawberry flavoured.
We are used to carrots being orange; however, carrots may originally have been purple. The Dutch decided in the 1700’s that orange was better (there were probably some white and yellow varieties as well). There are now some red and pink varieties of carrots. Growing your own pink carrots might be interesting, and pinkish coral carrots with green peas may cheer up the most reluctant kid.