Going by the pantone colour of 2021, Chef David Edward Raj, Director of Culinary Innovation, Elior India, shares the benefits of activated charcoal and yellow vegetables and spices in our food.
Gray is the new Green
Activated Charcoal can be used as a ‘detox’ component in fresh-fruit juices, Kadha and shakes. Whole wheat breads and buns have also started with a black variant. Similarly, Sushi, Grilled chicken/fish, pizza base and Dim-sums are available in black version. There are a plethora of desserts and ice-creams that are available in charcoal flavour. Food grade charcoal can be obtained by burning the coconut shell at extreme temperatures. The black colour to food is the new trend. This can be achieved by adding/sprinkling the activated charcoal in the food/beverage/ dessert preparations.
The Power of Yellow
Yellow foods contain beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A, an important antioxidant that helps in healthy vision, skin, and dental health. The yellow-orange citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C, another antioxidant that boosts immunity. These include carrots, pumpkins, corn, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, yellow-orange peppers, oranges, malt, sweet lime, lemon, papaya, dried apricot, and peach. These yellow foods can be included in the form of salads, juices, infused water, as sautéed vegetables, side dishes and so on. Dishes like carrot poha, carrot fingers, pumpkin soup, pumpkin puris, carrot and pumpkin salad, juices, corn chat, corn pizza and many more. Turmeric has a bioactive compound called Curcumin that has antioxidant properties. Indian food is majorly cooked with turmeric neutralising the free radicals caused due to the oxidative stress. This spice has been used since ages to treat infection, cold and inflammation. Eating a diet high in antioxidant-rich food is always a smart choice. Many areas are vulnerable to oxidative stress but the immune system is extremely sensitive to these free radicals. Due to aging as well in some cases the free radicals outnumber the concentration of naturally occurring antioxidants in your body. Hence to ensure you have a good immune system you need to continuously pump your body with antioxidant-rich foods found in all bright-naturally occurring fruits and vegetables.