We’ll admit it – we’ve been obsessed with everything that’s green. And whilst we will continue this love affair forever, we’ve been making equally as sure not to forget the other foods on the colour wheel. Today we want to hone in on white.
As dieters everywhere will know, white foods have become enemy number 1! I’ve been on the I Quit Sugar path, and have had to desperately try to tear myself away from ‘white’ favourites like bread and pasta, because at the end of the day, they’re heavily processed and full of sugar.
Believe it or not, the cauliflower has actually been widely studied for its antioxidant properties and cancer-preventing potential. It’s a great source of magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids and has even been proven to protect against cardiovascular disease – not bad for a white veg, hey?
White beans are a great alternative for rice or pasta. They are very high in lots of essential minerals, fibre and antioxidants. They are also low G.I. so they keep you fuller for longer, and can help regulate fat storage in the body. Why not try some cannellini beens with Bolognese sauce instead of pasta for dinner? Yum!
There’s been a lot of controversy over tofu in recent years, but it’s not as bad as you may think. Loaded with calcium, magnesium, iron and protein, it is a great source of nutrition for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Although I’ll admit at first it can be a little bland, tofu has this amazing ability to take on the flavour of its surrounding ingredients – keep this in mind next time you cook with it.
Onions making you cry? Well, it’s actually this eye-stinging odour of onions that is also responsible for most of its health benefits. The high levels of nutrients in onions give it health-promoting effects for your cardiovascular system, bones, connective tissue and immune system. Research shows that the most nutrient part of the onion is its outer layers, so try not to over peel them.
YAY! Potatoes make the list! Potatoes are great fuel for our bodies. They can help provide the energy our body needs for digestion, movement, thinking and cellular renewal. Besides being a source of potassium, magnesium and iron, potatoes can also actively lower blood pressure. Research has found that there are actually blood-pressure lowering molecules that are naturally found in potatoes. it goes without saying that you should opt for baked rather than fried or mashed.
In a recent study, it was clinically proven that a regular consumption of white fish can improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol and reduce weight. Yep, that’s right… eating white fish can actually help you lose weight.! The research showed that the omega-3 fatty acids in white fish are what gives it its super health-promoting capabilities.