For a long time, dietitians have encouraged eating brightly-coloured vegetables in place of white foods. However, recent research has proven the latter contains an impressive array of health benefits.
For example, eating more white-coloured produce decreases your risk of stroke over ten years compared to fruits and vegetables of different colours.
Discover what white foods are and how they can contribute to your long-term health.
White Foods and How They Benefit Your Health
All types of naturally white foods are chock full of nutrients. Some of these nutrients are:
- Allicin: Demonstrates anti-tumour properties and helps prevent stomach cancer
- Anthoxanthin: Helps lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure, and the risk of heart conditions
- Sulphur: Keeps hair, skin, and nails heal
To add to the list, white-coloured vegetables are a healthy source of magnesium and potassium. Magnesium plays a key role in your body and is important for disease prevention, while potassium repairs the bones and protects you against hypertension.
Did you know that two types of barley –
Not only is the fruit deliciously sweet, but it’s also a great remedy for a
It can be eaten raw, but if you want to ease a cough, it’s best to boil it in
Boiling or steaming are two methods that are often used to prepare white radish (bai luo bo, 白萝卜). Eating this root vegetable breaks down stagnated food and expels phlegm and Dampness pathogens from the body.
Lotus root (lian ou, 莲藕) can be eaten raw or cooked, with each form having distinctly unique properties.
Cooked lotus root, on the other hand, turns warm in nature, and can tonify blood and qi (vital life force) and
Cool-natured snow fungus (yin er, 银耳) can replenish fluids and nourish the Lungs. It
Like barley, water chestnuts (ling jiao, 菱角) promote weight loss by reducing water retention. It’s also a versatile ingredient with many health benefits. It can cool the body, increase urination, and improve digestion.
Water chestnuts can be eaten raw just like any fruit and are great for Dampness or Heat-related coughs with phlegm. Eating it regularly will also help you maintain a glowing, healthy complexion.
Studies show that
Both fresh and dried
Hesitant to use ginkgo seeds (bai guo, 白果) because of their perceived pungent nature? Dispel doubt by adding it to a refreshing dessert like cheng teng with snow fungus, red dates and dried longan and enjoy.
Ginkgo seeds are also great for relieving a phlegmy cough, and treating excess vaginal discharge, murky urine, frequent urination, and urinary incontinence.
Lily bulbs (bai he, 百合) are particularly effective at overcoming Heart Fire, which happens when your body contains too much Heat or energy. This imbalance stems from multiple factors including emotional tension,
White foods are healthy, not to mention tasty, but must be avoided if you have a sensitive body constitution and are prone to allergies. Instead, you should eat warming foods to strengthen
To find out your body constitution and identify herbal ingredients that keep you balanced, speak
Have you tried any of these white foods before? Which are your favourites? Tell us in the comments below.
- Consumer Reports. 2017. Do White Vegetables Have Health Benefits? [online] [Accessed 16 January 2023]
- Indiatimes. 2013. Navratri Special: Health Benefits Of White Coloured Foods. [online] [Accessed 16 January 2023]
- Illinois Extension. Eat white fruits and vegetables for better health. [online] [Accessed 16 January 2023]
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Clear explanation of white colour vegetable so we know the benefit of them. Thanks.
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