Vegetable Colors and Nutrients
Last saturday, we again went to Union Square Green Market. This time we reached couple of hours before the closing time so we got to explore the market better. The most amazing produce that I found in the market this time were the red and blue color potatoes, the green color tomatoes. The raw honey and honey comb and wool and wines directly from the farms. *sigh* *heaven*.
First I thought of putting this post on the food blog. But then I thought that this post will be more on the colors of the vegetables and the associated nutrients. So I posted it here. I was intrigued to see the red and blue color potatoes and green color tomatoes. I had to find out about this color thing.. I did.. There you go..:)
All of us have different complexions. Our complexion depends on our skin’s pigment. Similarly the complexion of any fruit or vegetable depends on its pigment. You must have heard of things like tomatoes have lycopene which gives it a red color or carrots have beta carotene which gives it a red-orange color. These beta carotene and lycopene which gives a certain color complexion to the vegetables are their pigments!
You must have also heard that all of these colorful fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants hence the more colorful any fruit or vegetable is the more ‘healthy’ it is. Heard it before?
Actually, all these colorful pigments in a fruit or a vegetable are produced in the presence of sunlight during a process of photosynthesis. These pigments can act as vitamin A or E or C etc when they get into the human body. And it is these vitamins that are responsible for removing all the free radicals from the body and promoting new cell growth thus these vitamins coming from a colorful pigment act as antioxidants.
Take away: When we have skin or hair problem then we are asked to drink shikanji (lemonade-vit C), eat almonds (vit E) and greens (vit A). As these antioxidant vitamins remove the free radicals i.e release toxins and avoids aging.
Another Take away: These pigments are available only in fruits and vegetables. No animals do photosynthesis you see . Eat colorful ‘veggies’ not animals
As you will see in the following pictures, these blue and red potatoes and green tomatoes and colorful snap beans or colorful bell peppers are all hybrids with different type of pigments (antioxidants) . I got some of these colorful veggies home. Yet to use them. Will share whenever I do .
Sharing the pics that I took at the farmer’s market, of these strongly colored veggies.
Tomorrow I will write on so many pending queries
Loads of Love
Union Square Green Market