What does colors in fruits and vegetables tell you?


Being a vegetarian whenever I go for grocery shopping I get perplexed about what to buy and what not to. I mean it’s unlikely that I would land up purchasing unhealthy when it comes to fruits/vegetables. And as a general notion I know that greens are healthy. I therefore have tendency to buy as many greens as possible from spinach to collard greens, from green peas to broccoli. I always thought that more the greens, better it is. Well, turns out that greens are great but not enough. 

In our previous post, we discussed about 5-miraculous colors of fruit & vegetable for health that provides basic information on phytonutrients. This article throws light on daily requirement of colored fruits and vegetables, which are needed to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

Recommended daily consumption

  • Ideally one should consume approximately 9 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
  • One serving is defined as quarter cup for dried fruits, half cup for fresh fruits and 2 cups for fresh vegetables. 


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present in which fruits/ vegetables and how to attain a good balance of these nutrients are some of the questions that start surfacing in our minds.  But Mother Nature has always been gracious in making things easier for us.

Nature has color coded its products to help us identify what we need and what we are consuming.

  • Green – enhance calcium absorption and boosts mental alertness, helps with cell regulation
  • White and red – both are boon for bones, white supports protein metabolism, maintains healthy white blood cells, and red maintains consistent energy levels
  • Blue/purple – Good  source of antioxidants and help to sustain good healthy blood sugar levels
  • Yellow /orange – Maintains bone density, supports energy production and helps in protecting cells

So, different colors of fruits/ vegetables exhibit diversified activities and to achieve overall health, we need to include fruits /vegetables of varied colors in our daily diet regime.

Source The star 

4 Responses

  1. Mary Turzillo says:

    The article says that a serving of vegetables equals two cups, and that individuals should eat nine to thirteen servings per day. Is it really reasonable to expect people to eat 26 cups (this would be six and a half pounds) of vegetables per day? All the sources I consult say that a serving of vegetables varies from a half cup for compact vegetables such as green beans and a cup for “fluffy” vegetables such as raw spinach. I think the article that suggests we eat 26 cups of veggies per day is in error.

  2. Renee Dietitian says:

    Good eye! I’m not sure where they got that, but as Dietitian I know that one serving of raw vegetables is one cup…..not 2:-)

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