The Purple Craze
As I was scrolling through Instagram the other day, I noticed 3 out of the 4 food pictures I came across had purple foods implemented into the meal. I have always known that if it’s purple, it’s probably healthy because it’s either a fruit or a vegetable, but digging deeper lead to a great discovery. Purple foods can have an added benefit over its normal-colored counterpart.
The primary reason for this is because purple whole foods are tremendously high in antioxidants, which defend our bodies against free radical injury that often lead to diseases and aging. For those that don’t know, free radicals are molecules that have an added electron, allowing them to effortlessly respond with other molecules – a possible contribution to cancer building in your cells. Therefore, purple > cancer, or at least it gives your body a better shot at preventing it.
Here is a list of purple foods that you can try for yourself. Of course, these aren’t always purple, but there are variations of these fruit, veggies, and grains in purple.
Grapes, figs, eggplant, carrots, cabbage, asparagus, potatoes, olives, blueberries, cauliflower, blackberries, rice, wheat, and corn.
Tip! Here is a purple food recipe that I ran across a few days ago. I whipped it up (literally), but the family liked it so much, they scarfed it down before I could snap a photo. I would LOVE to see how yours turned out, so post some pics below!
Cyd, L. 2016. Kitchn. Purple Cauliflower Hummus. Found at: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-purple-cauliflower-hummus-231254
Kim Shapira MS, RD