What are different properties of food according to color

Qué nos aportan los alimentos según su color
Did you know that foods have different properties for health according to color? This differentiation divided them into six groups that provide us with different benefits, all of which are essential for our body.
We explain what these groups, what foods include and what functions have in order that you can include them in your daily diet.

White color

White foods are rich in minerals such as potassium, selenium or sulphur according to food, and have the following properties:
  • Improve circulation
  • Fight fluid retention
  • Act as natural antibiotics to fight infections and raising defenses
  • They have expectorant function, which helps us to eliminate mucus
What are some of these white foods?
  • Garlic
  • The onion
  • The mushroom
  • Almonds
  • Nuts
  • Brown rice
  • Coconut
  • The leek
  • Quinoa
  • Cherimoya
  • Noni
  • Ginger
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The red color is a powerful antioxidant that indicates that these foods are rich in lycopene and anthocyanins, which give it properties for:
  • Protect the heart
  • Improve circulation
  • Increase libido
  • Prevent cancer
  • Improve the health of the urinary tract
  • Keep a good memory
Some of these foods are as follows:
  • Red fruits
  • Granada
  • Red Apple
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon
  • Red pepper
  • Radish
  • Saffron
  • Wild rose
  • Cayenne
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Yellow and orange Colo

Include foods in these two colors ranging from yellow to Orange, which are most, rather sweet flavor, and are famous beta carotene-rich, beneficial for:
  • Protect the skin
  • Prevent cancer
  • Fight aging
  • Improve diseases joint and bone
  • Treat digestive diseases
  • Improve vision
We highlight some of these foods:
  • Citrus fruits
  • Apricot
  • Mango
  • Peach
  • Medlar
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrot
  • Sweet potato
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Turmeric
  • Corn
  • Potato
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Green color

Green, vegetable par excellence, is the color of the liver, an essential organ for our health. This color brings cleansing properties and good amounts of folic acid, magnesium and chlorophyll which help us:
  • Improve the functioning of the liver and digestion in general
  • They prevent constipation
  • Prevent cardiovascular disease
  • Cleanse our body of toxins
  • Improve vision
  • Ensure the good health of the fetus in pregnancy
  • Keep white our bones, muscles and teeth
We find these foods of Green:
  • Avocado
  • Kiwi
  • Green grape
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Artichoke
  • Broccoli
  • Pea
  • Zucchini
  • Col
  • Green asparagus
  • Alfalfa
  • Aloe vera
  • Parsley
  • Pistachios
  • The majority of medicinal plants
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Bluish or purple color gives us great antioxidant benefits thanks to its content of anthocyanins, and is perhaps one of the least consumed colors. However, it is essential to:
  • Fight aging
  • Prevent cancer
  • Prevent and treat urinary tract diseases like cystitis
  • Preserve the memory
  • Improve vision problems
  • Relax our nervous system
What are these foods?
  • Purple, mulberry or Blueberry berries
  • Plums
  • Figs
  • Black grape
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Beet
  • Acai
  • Purple potato
  • Lavender

Dark color

The dark color would include foods ranging from Brown to black, which have the following properties:
  • They are stimulants, so provide us energy
  • Improve the health of the urinary tract
  • They have digestive properties and improve bowel function
What foods are dark?
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Carob
  • Chia
  • Plums and raisins
  • Clove
  • Cumin
  • Dates
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Guarana
  • Maca
  • Linen
  • Pepper
  • Licorice
Because these foods provide so much energy should consume it in moderate amounts, with the exception of those who have physical or mental performance.
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Do we look at colors why?

A diet balanced not only must follow the famous pyramid nutritional guidelines, but they should also take into account the colors, and include daily foods of each color, both raw and cooked. If we suffer a disease we will increase the consumption of foods which help us to treat it, but without forgetting the other groups.
In addition, colors get a visual effect that we also balances through the view.
A good way to combine several of these colors is usually preparing salads varied vegetables and/or fruits. For example, we can prepare a salad with:
  • Lettuce and Arugula
  • Well fine cut raw onion
  • Grated carrot
  • Apple to small pieces
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Zante currants
  • Grated or cooked beet
In this salad, we find all the colors. Aliñaremos it with oil of olive, a few drops of Apple Cider vinegar, salt marina and toasted sesame.
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