Want to live longer? Load up with these veggies

One can’t be unhealthy without a lifestyle to support it

Want to live longer?

Let’s face it, bad lifestyle is introduced to even the youngsters early on – too much sweets, fast food and junk foods, overeating, zero physical activity and hardly any fruits and vegetables in the diet – these attributes to a staggering occurrence of obesity among children 13 years and below.

Lifestyles are “habitual pattern” in life that transcends at any age until they become part of a comfort zone. Adults often add more to unhealthy habits by drinking and smoking or taking on too much stress than they can handle. Lifestyle diseases will surface sooner or later for these individuals considered as “walking time bombs”.

Catch up on health by eating vegetables

The good news is that simply introducing healthy eating lifestyle through vegetables can result to a dramatic change in your health. They aren’t called “super foods” or “power foods” for nothing. Coupled that with stress management and good amount of physical activity and you’re on your way to a healthier and yes, longer life.

 Color your healthy world

Did you know that the colors of the vegetables and even fruits represent unique benefits? You’ll notice that these power foods are categorized in 5 color groups, known as the 5 colors of phytonutrients and with each making a specific health contribution to keep our bodies strong and disease-free.

#1- Red Group: These contain lycopene, elagic acid, quercetin, hesperidin and anthocyanidins. These compounds help in prostate and urinary tract protection and supports DNA health. Likewise, they protect the body against cancer and heart diseases.

Red veggies include beets, red radish, tomatoes, red onions, red potatoes and red peppers.

#2- Purple Group: These contain resveratrol, anthocyanidins, phenolics and flavonoids all responsible for maintaining a good heart, brain and bones. They likewise help prevent cancer and degenerative aging process.

Purple veggies include black olives, eggplant, purple asparagus and purple cabbage.

#3- Green Group: These contain isoflavones, indoles, sulphoraphane as well as lutein. They are responsible for eye health, arterial function, liver function and cellular health. They help in wound healing and gum health.

Green vegetables include cabbage, green pepper, broccoli, french beans, celery, leeks, polunchay, lettuce, okra, peas, spinach and green onions.

#4- White Group: These contain ECGC, allicin, quercetin, indoles and glucocinolates. They support bone health, circulatory system and arterial function. They help prevent cancer and heart diseases.

White vegetables include garlic, white onion, cauliflower, ginger, turnips and shallots.

#5 – Yellow and Orange Group: they contain alpha and beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, lutein and hesperidin. These phytonutrients are good for healthy immune function as well as eye health. They are also responsible for healthy growth and development.

Yellow and Orange vegetables include yellow beets, carrots, pumpkin, squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, yellow tomatoes and yellow bell peppers.

Here’s a simple visual guide to help you remember the colorful “rainbow” benefits of vegetables and fruits.