We’ve all heard the expression ‘eat a rainbow’, but what does it mean and why should we all be doing it every day?

The concept of eating a rainbow is to help people visualise the food they are eating and encourage them to eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, and help us try to avoid those ‘beige’ processed foods which deplete vital nutrients.

The aim when eating a range of colourful food is to ensure we are getting the optimum amounts of vitamins and minerals we need to stay healthy, as no single food can provide us with the nutrition that we need. Differently coloured foods provide different types and amounts of nutrients. For example, red vegetables like beetroot and tomatoes contain anti-oxidants such as Vitamin A (beta-carotene), Vitamin C and lycopene which help to protect cells from damage and may be useful in preventing cancer and premature ageing. Green veg like spinach, broccoli and asparagus contain lutein which aids eyesight and folate which helps in cell reproduction.

We are advised to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day (with most of the portions coming from veg to avoid consuming too much sugar from fruit in the form of fructose). In this modern world it can be hard to cook from fresh every day and make sure we’re getting enough, so an easy way to increase our fruit and vegetable intake is by making smoothies. Either follow a recipe or experiment yourself – throw in whatever veg and fruit you have in the fridge and hope it tastes nice – practice makes perfect!

In addition to eating a rainbow with your five-a-day, it can be beneficial to supplement your diet to ensure you’re getting the right level of nutrients every day, especially if you have food intolerances, are vegan or have special dietary requirements which mean that your diet might not be as balanced as it could be. Click here to view our range of nutritional supplements to see which one might be useful for you.

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