in EAT | 23 Feb 2017

Skip the beige. The colours to eat for health...



Beige is great in your wardrobe, but don’t let it play a starring role on your dinner plate. Did you know there is scientific proof for eating food every colour of the rainbow? The colour of foods are created by phytonutrients, each which contains health benefits specific to that colour.

The vivid green of spinach, the bright fuchsia of raspberries, the sunny vibrance of pineapple - the antioxidants that produce these colours each play a vital role for our health. Beige foods like pasta, bread, cereal, chicken and processed foods reflect the minimal nutrients present.

Mother nature gave us food of many hues for a reason. Let your inner child delight in eating food all colours of the rainbow, have your fill of the following…


The reds are coloured by lycopene a potent antioxidant that prevents against numerous cancer and keeps your heart healthy. They are also a sources of flavonoids which reduce inflammation in the body. 

Eat: Tomatoes, grapefruit, beetroot, watermelon, peppers

Grab: The Iron Man 




The yellows (with a tint of green) contain lutein and xeazanthin, which are great for eye health fighting cataracts and macular degeneration. They also have a high dosage of vitamin C!


Eat: Kale, spinach, avocado, cougette, kiwifruit, pistachios


Grab: The Fix or The Mango Green





The greens are coloured by the plant pigment chlorophyll. They contain a multitude of phytochemicals including carotenoids, indoles and saponins all which join forces to help combat cancer. Greens also have rich levels of folate.


Eat: Spinach, cucumber, brocolli, bok choy, kale


Grab: The Pret or The OMG*


*The One Mighty Green - coming to stores March 1st. This bright green beauty contains broccoli, spinach, kale, raspberry, bee pollen, matcha & cashew milk





The purples and blues and coloured by anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant that reduce strokes, blood clots and heart disease.


Eat: Aubergine, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes


Grab: The Cup of Youth or The Glow





The oranges are coloured by carotenoids, and contain one of the world’s strongest antioxidants alpha carotene. They boost the immune system, eye and skin health, and also helps prevent cancers.


Eat: Carrots, apricot, pumpkin, sweet potato, mango


Grab: The Bedrock, The Mango Green or a Pumpkin soup





The oranges with a yellow hue contain beta-cryptoxanthin a cell protecting antioxidant great for vision, skin and bones health.


Eat: Oranges, pineapple, peaches


Grab: The Reset or The Supernova





The whites contain cell-protecting flavanoids, and some such as garlic contain the phytochemical allicin known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties.


Eat: Fennel, artichokes, leeks, mushrooms, garlic, onions


Grab: The Pro


What colours do you eat most frequently? What do you neglect? Aim to vary the colours you eat on the daily. 


Can you hum "red and yelllow, and pink and green, purple and orange..." as you make your way your dinner plate? #lifegoals


For a beautifully illustrated cook book, with inspiration for meals each colour check out The Designer's Cook Book