It’s really important to ‘eat the rainbow’. This means, greens, reds, beiges (although not too much beige food!) and of course, oranges. Each type of produce has different benefits which is partly determined by its colour. We make sure that oranges are used in our protein smoothies, superfood shots reds and even greens! Here’s why oranges should be a staple in your diet.
Ginger is a fiery spice and superfood from the ginger plant – a fresh root or a powered, ground form. It originated in Southeast Asia, but has been cultivated all over the world for centuries. As long as 5000 years ago, it was known as a health tonic and today its benefits have been proven!
Ginger can be used to settle an upset stomach, remedy nausea – especially morning sickness. Various studies have shown that 1.1 – 1.5 grams of ginger can considerably reduce symptoms of nausea in pregnant women (1). Ginger is also anti-inflammatory and can help with osteoarthritis. It has also been proven in one study to lower blood sugar, risk of heart disease, cholesterol levels, as well as menstrual pain. Ginger has high anti-oxidant levels which some studies suggest can improve brain function and protect against dementia (2).
Carrot is a sweet root vegetable that is usually orange, but can also be purple or white. Carrots are cultivated all over the world. It is believed that they were originally from Persia in the 10th century and were purple or white. The common orange colour that we know today were derived centuries after.
Carrots are a great source of antioxidant agents. They are also rich in loads of vitamins (A, C, K, B8) as well as nutrients such as pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper and manganese. This root vegetable also strengthens your immune and digestive systems and helps regulate your blood pressure. They are known for allowing you see in the dark, but while this has not been proven, their high volume of vitamin A can help to maintain your eyesight as you age.
As the name suggests, sweet potato is a sweet kind of potato which is orange in colour! It is thought that it originated in Central or South America at least 5,000 years ago.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of Vitamin A which supports eye health and vision. They are high in vitamin B6 which helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in your body and has also been linked with reducing the risk of a heart attack. Sweet tatties are also high in Vitamin C to boost your immune system and play an important role bone health, digestion and blood formation. They are rich in Vitamin D which is good for your bones and immune system – for us brits who don’t get as much sun as they should, sweet potatoes can help you combat a Vitamin D deficiency. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of iron, for healthy blood, magnesium for ant-stress and potassium, for healthy organs.
Cinnamon is a Christmassy-smelling spice that has a sweet taste. It is actually the bark of the Cinnamomum tree! Cinnamon was first discovered in the early 16th Century by the Portuguese in Sri Lanka who enslaved the island’s population to take control of the spice’s trade.
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants. Its antioxidant activity supersedes superfoods, such as garlic and oregano. It also has anti-inflammatory qualities, can lower your risk of heart disease and improve your body’s reaction to insulin. This means that it can keep blood sugar levels stable. This means it can help to regulate your metabolism and help with diabetes, too. Cinnamaldehyde is the main active component of cinnamon which can fight bacterial and fungal diseases – it’s a tasty way to help prevent tooth decay.
Baobab is is a fruit from the Baobab tree. It is the only fruit which actually dries while still on the tree! The Baobab tree is known as the ‘Tree of Life’ in Africa.
The fruit is a large seed with a bark-like outer shell and a white pulp that naturally dehydrates into dried chunks. Its flavour is somewhat sour with a tropical twang!
Baobab is a superfood, and for a good reason. It has a high concentration of minerals, including iron, making it one of the most energising fruits. Baobab is rich in potassium which is beneficial for heart health as it lowers your blood pressure. Baobab is also bone strengthening, with its high levels of calcium and magnesium. It is great for your digestive and immune systems with its soluble fiber and Vitamin C content. To top off this super nutritious fruit, it also holds anti-inflammatory properties.