We are told to eat colorful foods for better health. Indeed, these rainbow colored foods can reward your health and provide a better immune system.

To stay healthy, besides exercising and living a healthy lifestyle, you have been advised to add colorful foods to your daily menu. The wonderful colors you came across were tomatoes, collard greens, sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, pumpkins, and kale which can benefits your health as they are from carotenoids. The natural pigments of carotenoids do a wonder job by helping you to ward off the troubles of the most prevalent conditions such as metabolic syndrome.

The metabolic syndrome has been reported to have affected about 45% of Asians and has also doubled their risks of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

The good news from a research conducted in the University of Queensland is that they found that people with diets high in carotenoids are less likely to have a metabolic syndrome developed. And the other news was from another research in a study of 6177 Canadians, in which they found that people with diets rich in carotenoids betacarotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein were up to 26% less likely to develop the most common form of kidney cancer.

Other recent research has also found that females with high levels of these plant chemicals have a reduced risk of ovarian cancer, and males were also less likely to develop lung cancer, and both sexes boasted better bone mineral density too.

Tips: Pumpkin seeds are known to have higher disease-fighting plant compounds called phytosterols. In order to have a delicious and healthy snack, remove all the seeds from the pumpkin, rinse to separate them from the stringy pulp. Pat dry, toss with salt and olive oil, and bake at 180°C for 20-25 minutes until they are slightly golden and puffed.

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