At the orange end of the spectrum are vegetables such as squashes, packed with compounds known as carotenes. Diets rich in carotenes are thought to have a protective effect against certain cancers. Just as well then that this famously tasty variety is at the top of the list for carotenes, with a whopping 1200% more of the good stuff in its wonderfully sweet, nutty flavoured 1.5kg fruits than standard butternut squash.
Why grow and eat a rainbow? The dazzling colours of fruit and vegetables are given to them by a range of natural compounds which can be beneficial to health. In fact, research has shown that diets rich in these colourful crops may reduce the risk of a whole range of diseases, from heart disease to cancer. That’s why doctors and dietitians recommend we ‘Eat a Rainbow’. To help you on your way, we have researched hundreds of varieties to find those with the very highest levels of these nutrients.
James Wong has spent 2 years trawling through over 3,000 research papers to learn how to boost the nutrition in selected plants and has written a book called ‘How to Eat better’ which includes practical tips and tricks.
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