With all the chat of calories and macronutrients, you’d be forgiven for forgetting the smaller things in life. Whilst it is important to keep a balance on your calories whilst portioning out your carbs, fat and protein you need to ensure that you’re still eating healthily. The best way to do that is make sure you add a little colour to your diet.
What Are Micronutrients?
Micronutrients, better known as vitamins and minerals, are vital to maintaining a healthy body. They help with growth, improve eye sight, support the immune system and much, much more. The good news is we only need them in small doses and with the right nutrition it is really easy to hit the amounts you need. It is importan, however, to understand that missing out on getting enough micronutrients can lead to a variety of ailments.
Should We Supplement Them?
There is no REAL need to supplement your micronutrients, if you eating a varied diet that includes a variety of non-processed meat, fish, dairy, fruit and veg you are likely to easily hit all your micronutrient needs and really boost your bodies health. However, if you know you do not like certain foods, or are allergic, and there is no possible way you’re going to hit your requirements then you can supplement them. There is a wide range of different supplements on the market, just ensure you seek advice on the right ones and don’t get sold something you do not really need.
What Has It Got To Do With Colour?
The colour of natural food can be a good indication into what micronutrients is contains, so filling your diet with a wide variety of colour can help you lead a healthier life. Banish the beige and add a little more colour to your life.
Here’s an idea of what different coloured food contain;
Purple and Blue (e.g. Blueberries) – High in antioxidants
Red (e.g. Tomato) – Contains Lycopene which is essential for skin defences
Green (e.g. Spinach and Kale) – Good sources of Vitamin A
Orange and Yellow (e.g. Oranges) – Increase Vitamin C
Yellow and Green (e.g. Bananas) – Great for Potassium
White and Cream (e.g. Potato) – Perfect for Vitamin B and also Potassium