Rainbow Feast

With the Pride Parade taking place in Toronto today (the finale to Pride Week) and the announcement that gay marriage has been ruled legal by the US supreme court, there is much to be festive about in the LGBT community. And any festivity requires food!

Eat the colours of the rainbow” is a popular catch-phrase that helps make it easier for people to choose healthier foods. The pigment in some plant foods can indicate the phytonutrients contained within. Lycopene, good for heart health, gives red produce its hue. Anthocyanin, which has antioxidant properties, is the pigment in blue and purple produce. Carotenoids are in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A, and lutein are types of carotenoids and both good for eye health.

The rainbow is also the adopted symbol of LGBT pride.

So for good health fill your plate with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Whether it be food or people, variety is the spice of life.

Red
tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, red pepper

Yellow and Orange
lemon, pumpkin, carrots, oranges

Green
leafy greens, broccoli, avocado, kiwifruit

Purple and Blue
beets, blueberries, plums, eggplant

 

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