Add Nutrition By Adding Color: BLUE/PURPLE Edition
Today’s the last week of our Eat The Rainbow series! We hope you’ve found the information useful! Please share with your family and friends!
Today we’ll be talking about the benefits of adding blue & purple foods to your diet. Blue/purple fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called “anthocyanins.” Anthocyanins in blueberries, grapes and raisins act as powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage. They may help reduce risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. Other studies have shown that eating more blueberries is linked with improved memory function and healthy aging. Blue and purple foods contain the most antioxidants of all other colors and contribute to overall disease prevention and longevity.
Because they are a good source of potassium, snacking on purple figs can help to lower high blood pressure. Figs also contribute to weight loss and management with its dietary fiber and contains a high amount of calcium. Not crazy about the texture of fresh figs but want the health benefits they offer? Try fig recipes like: Gluten-free Vegan Fig Newton Clones and Fig Cardamom Walnut Scones with Cashew Cream.
Blue & purple foods contain nutrients which include lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin. Similar to the previous nutrients, these nutrients support retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion, improve calcium and other mineral absorption, fight inflammation, reduce tumor growth, act as an anticarcinogens in the digestive tract, and limit the activity of cancer cells. The blue in blueberries helps protect memory and motor function as you age, and helps fight cancer and heart disease. The purple in Concord grapes and grape juice helps prevent heart disease.
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