Gimme Red

Gimme Red

New Delhi: Ever thought about giving your loved one the gift of health in addition to those red roses? This Valentine’s Day, consider treating yourself to vibrant, red-hued foods which can contribute a lot more to the well being of your loved one than a box of heart shaped chocolates ever will. Red foods generally prevent or delay heart problems and also protect against cancer.

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If you’re planning on a fixing a special meal at home this Valentine’s Day, try out a watermelon, raspberry and mint salad rich with vitamin C, lycopene and fiber. Prepare a main course of whole wheat pasta with a hearty tomato sauce and include onions to keep away the risk of cancer and heart disease. Enjoy it with your favorite glass of red wine, known to increase HDL, which is good cholesterol.

"Five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is what we recommend", says Radhika Samaddar, Chief Dietician at Max Hospital in New Delhi. "The brighter the color, the better."

Here are some fruits and vegetables that come under the red food group:

Apples

Watermelon

Strawberries

Pomegranates

Raspberries

Cherries

Red grapes

Beets

Red cabbage

Red peppers

Tomatoes

So indulge yourself in the best of red food and enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

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