Eat the colours of the rainbow for good health

  • Food News
  • Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016

Part of the buffet selection at Days Hotel: An assortment of grilled vegetables and fresh buffalo mozarella and Roma tomatoes.

A colourful platter whets the appetite and brightens the mood. Not only that, a meal of “rainbow colours” encourages us to eat different phytonutrients from fruits, greens and grains for a variety of health benefits.

According to cooking show host Gigi Wong Suk Yee, food can generally be divided into seven colours: red, green, yellow, black, white, brown and purple. The different colours of fruits and vegetables indicate different nutrients. So it is essential to consume food in various colours to protect against diseases and to maintain a healthy body.

This is the concept behind a new healthy cooking show, Eat A Rainbow, hosted by Wong. She will share seven-colour meal recipes in six half-hour episodes in a show sponsored by Kinohimitsu Superfood and Mitsubishi Electric Fridge.

The series, recently filmed in Malaysia, is designed to promote healthier eating habits.

Gigi Wong Suk Yee was hired to host cooking show after a producer friend suggested her name to another producer. - SAM THAM / The Star
Gigi Wong Suk Yee was hired to host cooking show after a producer friend suggested her name to another producer. Photo: The Star/Sam Tham

Taking into account that people are dining out more frequently nowadays and eating at irregular hours due to busy daily routines, the show simplifies things by going back to basics, with each episode featuring a “hero ingredient”.

A team comprising Wong, an artiste from Astro and a nutritionist will discuss the ingredient, its health benefits and nutritional value, and show how it can be incorporated into a healthy yet delicious meal comprising appetiser, main course and dessert.

Wong will cook together with Ivan Tan, the champion of the Hokkien cooking competition Hua Hee Star Chef, and Lim Tiong Leong, one of the top five contestants in the competition.

Whether it’s a single working adult, a mother cooking for a young family, newlyweds or families with older parents, all will be able to benefit from the “rainbow food recipes” on the show.

From Dec 25, Eat A Rainbow will air every Sunday at 8.30pm on Astro Wah Lai Toi (Ch 310) and TVB Jade (326).

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