Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Hello everyone,

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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 :P . 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.

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

Tomorrow I will write on so many pending queries :)

Loads of Love
Nidhi

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3 thoughts on “Vegetable Colors and Nutrients

  1. Ramya

    Nice article Nidhi! :) I love the way colourful veggies make foods look so tempting! Especially in salads… I am waiting for ur article clearing queries :)
    I also wanted to know about foods for hair growth :( Mine are thin at the top and I wanna do something about that.. I eat almonds and flaxseeds daily.. But can I do anything else?

     
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    1. Nidhi

      Answered them.. will do a detailed post tmrw morning. Don’t ask about hair fall. This new york city water took more than half my hair. I literally freaked out and asked whover I knew came from India to myc. All of them had same story. I took supplements. Used lush, body shop, l’ occtaine and what not :D .. finally dry massage, filtered water, jojoba+castor oil, local shampoo and coconut based conditioner has saved me :)

      Try good ayurvedic hair oils.. oils can be very useful for strengthening the strands. Do dry massage. dry steam your scalp with a warm towel. And eat antioxidants (multivitamins and colorful ) rich foods :)

       
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      1. Ramya

        Oh! I have heard some of my friends complaining about the same thing.. Maybe it takes time to get used to the water? Is it hard water? Hard water can affect the hair a lot :( Good u found a way to beat that :)
        Okies.. Will do that.. The Ayurveda hospital I go to has this treatment called Shiropichchu.. My aunt and cousin swear by it.. My doc suggested that to me… I might go for it now.. They do a massage as part of it. If it works I will share :) :)

         
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