Make your plates ‘colored’ for a healthy diet


gave | Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – 16:35 | Last Updated: 20 04 2021 – 16:35

Eda Balcı, who stated that the plates should be ‘colored’ in order to have a healthy diet and have sufficient amounts from each food group, said, “Green, yellow, orange, white, red and purple… The benefits of all these foods to our body are also different.” Balcı explained the benefits of the foods that he divided into 4 groups according to their colors.

Beykent University School of Health Sciences Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Res. Assist. See. Eda Balcı said that plates should be ‘colored’ in order to eat healthy and there should be sufficient amounts from each food group and said, “The reason why our plates are colored is that the health benefits of the foods are different according to the colors.

“PURPLE FOOD PREVENTS AGING”

Specialist Dietician Eda Balcı said, “The antioxidant capacity of red and purple foods is very high. Red foods, which contain phytochemicals important for heart health, strengthen memory. It is also an anti-inflammatory. It is known that lycopene contained in red foods reduces the risk of cancer. Examples of red foods are beets, tomatoes, red grapes, strawberries, and raspberries. Anthocyanins give color to purple foods and play an anti-aging role. In addition, it is important for bone health and for some types of cancer. Red and purple foods are generally effective in protecting our immune system. It protects our body against diseases ”.

“ORANGE FOODS REDUCE THE HEART RISK”

Specialist Dietician Eda Balcı stated that orange foods in yellow and orange foods are rich in antioxidants and said, “It reduces the risk of heart diseases. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, it strengthens the immune system. Examples of these foods are pumpkin, carrots, and oranges. Yellow foods are also rich in vitamin C. It is effective in the digestive system. They regulate brain functions. Examples are banana, pineapple, lemon, and potato. Generally, yellow and orange foods are foods with high vitamin C and high fiber. They increase our body resistance by removing harmful substances from our body, ”he added:

“White foods contain allicin. Thanks to this substance they contain, it strengthens the immune system. In addition, it is protective against heart diseases. It lowers cholesterol and blood sugar. Examples of these foods are garlic, onion, white radish, and cauliflower. Green foods are rich in vitamins A, C, B2 and many more, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. These foods are also high in fiber and keep the intestines working properly. These foods have blood cleansing, immune system strengthening and fatigue relief effects. It is also effective against psychological disorders and problems such as acne ”.


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