But eating a more colourful diet may also increase the risk of overeating unhealthy food. Embling has found that we’re more likely to eat more pizza when it has lots of different coloured toppings. She advises eating varied colours for fruit and vegetables but opting for a smaller colour palette for more indulgent foods. It’s also worth noting that artificial colouring in foods, such as cake and sweets, sadly don’t count towards a varied healthy diet.
There are other ways, aside from colour, to get a range of nutrients and phytonutrients from your diet, researchers say, such as paying attention to taste. One study found that participants who ate bitter and strong-tasting vegetablesover 12 weeks had lower blood pressure and blood sugar at the end, because of their fibre content and the range of phytonutrients they contain.
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