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Eating by colour
seasons and diet
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The following fruits and vegetables are in this group: apricots, citrus fruits, persimmons, melons, loquats, peppers (capsicums), peaches, and pumpkin.
They are all very beneficial for our health not only because eating them is associated with a decreased risk in developing cancer and cardiovascular disease, but also because some of the substances they contain are vital for eyesight and in the prevention of cellular ageing. "This group is characterised by the presence of beta-carotene, a phytochemical with a strong provitamin and antioxidant function. Beta-carotene is the precursor of vitamin A important for the growth, reproduction and maintenance of bodily tissues, for the immune system and for eyesight. Beta-carotene protects our cells from damage produced by free radicals, is absorbed with fats, and, if consumed in food, cannot reach dangerous levels (something instead possible when using chemical supplements). This food group is also rich in flavonoids that protect us from various types of cancer by working at the gastro-intestinal level neutralising the formation of free radicals and capturing them before they can damage other molecules.
Oranges and lemons are rich in vitamin C, which, as well as being an antioxidant, contributes to the production of collagen. The protective function of anthocyanin, the phytochemical present in oranges in great quantities, is scientifically proved, as well as its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and anticoagulant properties.

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