Recently I came across this fantastic article on the wonders of colors – as it pertains to your health. Now, you do understand that I am not asking you to change your wardrobe – which would definitely be great for your health, but I am talking about how to incorporate color in your diet.
So, I thought that I will discuss the benefits of each of the colors in the next few sessions.
(All information obtained from the article by Brian Underwood - Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2010)
The first color is my favorite color- RED
1. Chili Peppers – studies have shown that people who consume red chili peppers for breakfast tend to eat less fat at lunch time and are less hungry after breakfast.
This is because, Capsaicin the “bite” in the red chili peppers increases the production of appetite suppressing hormones called catecholamines. The result is a less hungry and more slimming you ! (and here you thought black was the slimming color for you!)
New goal – add chili peppers to your breakfast for instance in your scrambled eggs.
2. Strawberries – strawberries have shown to help you whiten your teeth! the yummy, juicy fruit contains salicylic acid which is a natural tooth whiter.
According to Janice cox, coauthor of Eco Beauty "Strawberries are a potent plaque fighter, and they actually contain a mild bleaching agent that's used in many commercial products,"
New goal – Eat a handful of strawberries with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, a strawberry smoothie for an afternoon pick me up or a bunch of chocolate coated strawberries.
3. Beets – Researches have discovered that beets helped cyclists increase their endurance up to 16%. It just happens that beets seem to reduce the amount of oxygen the body uses during exercise, thus helping us tolerate high intensity exercise of a longer time.
New goal – prior to exercising or going for a long bike ride, indulge in a delicious warm beet salad drizzled with red wine vinegar and olive oil. Add a bit of salt and pepper and you are in for a treat.
So there. Three RED foods that you should consider adding to your diet.
Next time, the benefits of the color ORANGE will be revealed (ha, the suspense must be killing you!!)