More from The Ministry of Health’s Guideline Statements for healthy children and young people

Eat your colours page

To obtain a wide range of nutrients it is important to eat many different types of vegetables and fruit every day.

Colour is a good guide to ensuring variety with vegetables and fruit, which are often classified as green (e.g. broccoli, spinach, kiwifruit), yellow/orange (e.g. carrots, pumpkin, mandarins), red (e.g. tomatoes, red peppers, strawberries), blue/ purple (e.g. beetroot, eggplant, plums) or brown/white (e.g. onions, potatoes, bananas).

These colours also indicate high levels of protective compounds in vegetables and fruit.

For more information on eating coloured vegetables, visit the Eat your colours page on the website or click on the following links: Red, Green, Yellow/orange, Blue/purple, Brown/white.