Gastronomy Mix of Colors

Proactol Plus - Colors FoodSummer is the perfect time to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into our diet. It not only ensures we get much-needed vitamins, minerals and other healthy nutrients for our body, but also enriches our plates and menus with beautiful, natural colors that each contains special features, which are necessary to create a healthy and properly balanced diet.

In fact, each color represents a source of specific nutrients our bodies need, and also has an important role in metabolic processes and in maintaining physical and mental status of the organism, especially during hot summer months when the activities are increased. Let's look at what those recommended foods are and what “colors” we should paint our days with:

 

RED FOODS: stop bacteria

Proactol - RED FOODSRed foods include red apples, blood oranges, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries (May's 'food of the month'), raspberries, watermelon, cherries, red peppers, red grapes, currants, cranberries, and red grapefruit.

General Characteristics:
  • contains anthocyanins and lycopene; powerful antioxidants which stop the free radicals that destroy our cells

  • stimulates melanin production; an important component for sun protection

  • creates favorable effects on the heart and blood vessels (specifically cherries)

  • regulates digestion and adjusts the work of bowel (because of the composition of cellulose and pectic bark)

  • contains magnesium; very important for the maintenance of the nervous system

  • reduces fatigue and exhaustion

  • most of them contain up to 90% water (especially high water containers include watermelons and strawberries), and are excellent for detoxification due to the diuretic effect

  • contains capsaicin (the ingredient in chili peppers); an antioxidant useful for people under stress, and works as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent

  • contains vitamin C, manganese, rich in flavonoids, folate (folic acid); giving the radiant and shine look to the skin,, etc.

Nutritional properties:
  • most of these foods contain up to 90% water, beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron, potassium, manganese, flavonoids, capsaicin; working as an anti-inflammatory and diuretic.

Caloric value:
  • very little considering that many of them contain a large percentage of water and fiber (25-80 cal. per 100 g./3.5 oz)

Interesting facts:
  • according to Chinese medicine, red is the traditional color of summer

  • even 5000 years ago strawberries were used for the treatment of liver and spleen (they have the least caloric value; only 18 cal per 100 grams/ 3.5 oz)

 

BLUE-PURPLE FOODS: slow down the aging process

Proactol - BLUE FOODSBlue-purple foods include blueberries, blackberries, black currants, plums, grapes, and eggplant.

General characteristics:
  • contains anthocyanin; a flavonoid which gives these foods their blue-purple color.

  • because of higher content of vitamins A, B and C, they have a slightly sour taste. (currants are the biggest source of vitamin C, even 4x more than in oranges)

  • contains iron (prevents anemia), and compounds that neutralize bacteria and viruses

  • have a laxative effect because of cellulose and pectic crust (especially Isabella grapes), have positive impact on metabolic processes, and protect us from cancer-causing diseases

Caloric value:
  • approximately 16-50 cal. per 100 g/ 3.5 oz

Interesting facts:
  • blue-purple colored foods are known for their adaptability to low temperatures;

  • one serving includes 1 cup of berries; approximately the size of a tennis ball

  • eggplant has the lowest calorific value per 100 grams (3.5 oz - just 16 calories!). Note: the traditional heat treatment (mostly frying in oil) significantly contributes to increased calorie per serving. Is best prepared lightly grilled or as a light stew!

 

ORANGE FOODS: the colors of vitality and energy values

Proactol - ORANGE FOODSOrange foods include pumpkin, oranges, nectarines, cantaloupe, carrots, and apricots.

General characteristics:
  • rich in vitamin A and beta carotene (which gives them their orange color), folic acid, and antioxidants

  • contain potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus (balancing the work of the body because they contain an excellent ratio of vitamins and minerals our bodies need every day)

  • are useful in maintaining eye health because they contain lutein

  • help to slow down the aging process

  • help aid digestive disturbances and intestinal problems (contain cellulose)

  • are good body cleaners (especially good for the liver) and they help to detoxify the body (helping the secretion of various toxins from our body)

  • improve digestion of proteins (e.g. cantaloupe)

Caloric value:
  • approx 25-40 cal. per 100 g/ 3.5 oz

Interesting facts:
  • orange foods are specially advised in the summer because they contain beta-carotene, which protects skin, while helping to achieve the desired color without the health problems (redness, burns)

  • best utilization of beta-carotene from carrots is when they are cooked!

  • best summer drink is a natural tomato juice with a few drops of olive oil, which will contribute to a healthy body and face color;

  • orange fruits and vegetables should be the central foodstuffs in our diet (due to the balanced ratio of useful nutrients) as the orange is center of all colors!

 

GREEN FOODS: the colors of nature that keep the heart in shape

Proactol - GREEN FOODSGreen fruits and vegetables include: green apples, pears, kiwi, grapes, limes, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, zucchini, kale, leeks, cucumbers, peas, green peppers, and green salads.

General characteristics:
  • green foods contain chlorophyll; the plant pigment which gives the green color

  • are the richest source of vitamin C

  • contain high amounts of iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium; which are important for keeping your heart rate and maintaining a healthy heart muscle

  • act as natural laxatives (especially green apples)

  • help to prevent of cancer and various other inflammatory processes

  • contain lutein (natural antioxidants) to help maintain good vision

  • contain folic acid (especially high in asparagus)

  • contain vitamin E; which slows down the aging process and is responsible for maintaining youthfulness of the skin

  • all green vegetables and fruits helps to reduce "harmful" (LDL) cholesterol and they do not contain extra fat

Caloric value:
  • approximately 15-80 cal. per 100 g/ 3.5 oz

Interesting facts:
  • green leafy vegetables should be cooked uncovered and very short, otherwise the chlorophyll can be destroyed and it becomes nutritionally worthless

  • it is best to eat semi-cooked (blanched) or raw as a salad and side dishes, because these ways do not destroy the nutritional value - vitamins, folic acid and minerals

  • lowest calorific value in green foods is found in a gourd (only 15 cal per 100 g/ 3.5 oz

  • to achieve greater assimilation of iron from spinach, it is good to add some food that contains more vitamin C (potatoes)

 

YELLOW FOODS: source of strength and vitality

Proactol - YELLOW FOODSThe yellow food group includes yellow apples, lemons, grapefruit, pineapples, peaches, apricots, and potatoes.

General characteristics:
  • contain a wealth of vitamins such as vitamin C and A, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6 (referred to as the "anti-stress vitamin")

  • contain cellulose and ballast; substances conducive to digestion

  • works to detoxify, helps reduce weight, increase the secretion of gastric acid, and reduces carminative effects of certain foods (reduce bloating and weight of the intestine)

  • contains magnesium (especially apricots); which is required to maintain the nervous system

  • strengthens the immune system

Caloric value:
  • approximately 10-80 cal. per 100 g/ 3.5 oz

Interesting facts:
  • pineapple contains bromelain; an enzyme that stimulates production of gastric juices and improves protein digestion; bromelain is also recommended for detoxification and cellulite reduction.

  • best when eaten on an empty stomach because it stimulates fermentation in the gut

 

WHITE FOODS: lowers cholesterol - healthy blood vessels

Proactol - WHITE FOODSWhite foods includes bananas, apples, pears, some types of peaches, cauliflower (also considered a green food because of its' leaves), garlic, onion, turnips, celery, and fennel.

General characteristics:
  • act as natural antibiotics (garlic, onion)

  • maintain an optimal level of cholesterol in the blood, since they do not contain fat

  • contains vitamins A and C, iron and calcium; a combination of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that helps stop the inflammatory process.

Caloric value:
  • around 25-50 cal. per 100g/ 3.5 oz

Interesting facts:
  • are especially helpful in lowering blood cholesterol, especially garlic which contains allicin

  • root vegetables are very good diuretics and protectors of the urinary tract

  • stimulate the kidneys and liver

  • in Roman times women ate fennel to reduce fat around the waist and hips, and Roman soldiers carried fennel with them as a power source against exhaustion

  • is a great source of vitamin C and iron

  • are "scavengers of the body" because they contain fiber and potassium, and they stimulate digestion and bowel function, and help in excreting excess water from the body

  • are especially good for a heart health

  • bananas are the best source of carbohydrates at high physical exertion (for this reason, there is a well know saying that "athletes eat bananas")

  • people with diabetes have to be careful when consuming white root vegetables because, regardless of the low calorific value, they contain a higher GI (glycemic index) than other vegetables and fruits.

Proactol - Culinary Mix of Colors

 

 

Our markets are full of colorful fruits and vegetables, and these colors should be eaten abundantly because these foods contain the heat, the sun, and the colors of early spring and summer. They will enrich our tables and, most importantly, will help us to maintain an optimal body weight and, with a light physical activity, they help get our body's back into shape.

 


Images from FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Authors: Ambro, winnond, Clare Bloomfield

 

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