Spring Tip Number 10 - Phytochemicals

 

You are probably wondering what on earth phytochemicals are and why they would be good for you!

Phyochemicals are components of plant foods that help our health. They are naturally occurring in plants and while they are not required by the human body to survive, they can protect us from diseases. 

Some of the possible actions of phytochemicals are, antioxidants, hormonal actions (reduce symptoms of menopause and osteoporosis), stimulation of enzymes, interference with DNA replication (preventing the multiplication of cancer cells), anti-bacterial effects, and physical action (reduce the risk of urinary tract infections)

So, how do we get these phytochemicals? Well they are actually in most foods except for some refined foods. But the best way to get them is by eating a variety of fruit and vegetables each day, especially those brightly coloured ones. 

This weeks recipe is a great way of getting plenty of phytochemicals through a wide range of colourful vegetables

Rainbow Salad

  • 50g crispy noodles
  • 2 tablespoons rice bran oil
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, cut thin ribbons from carrots and cucumbers. Place in a large bowl. Add cabbage, onion, salad leaves and noodles. Toss to combine.

  2. Whisk rice bran oil, sweet chilli sauce, lime juice and grated ginger together in a small bowl. Add to carrot mixture. Toss gently to combine. Serve. Enjoy!