PURPLE PRODUCE ISN’T JUST PRETTY IT’S HEALTHY TOO!
According to a recent article in News Week, purple and blue-hued plant foods are among the most concentrated sources of anthocyanins of any plant-based pick.
What do anthocyanins do? A lot! Anthocyanins fight inflammation, provide cardiovascular and anti-cancer benefits, and may keep your memory sharp as you age. They also help protect against weight gain. Here are the top 6 picks:
Purple asparagus is less bitter and more nutritious than green asparagus. Rich in vitamin C, just 5 spears has 20 calories and 4 grams of protein.
Purple potatoes are equally rich in vitamin C and potassium as white however the purple varieties have 2-4 times the amount of antioxidants. The pretty spuds also have a positive effect on blood pressure.
Purple cauliflower which is technically a broccoli, is a nutritional rock star! It contains anthocyanins and potent anti-cancer properties.
Blueberries are tiny treasures with big benefits including heart health, blood sugar control, and mental health & cognition all this along with anti-inflammatory & anti-cancer properties. They are low calorie, high in fiber and one serving contains about 25% of your daily vitamin C needs. Frozen blueberries are nutritionally on par with fresh.
Concord grapes. A ½ cup of concord grapes has about 30 calories and contributes manganese, vitamin K, potassium, and certain B & C vitamins. Research reveals that 100% Concord grape juice helps support a healthy heart and may provide mind & memory benefits too!
Figs. About 4 fresh or dried figs have 5 grams of fiber & is a good source of blood pressure lowering potassium. Studies show that dried figs are rich in anthocyanins, and have a strong antioxidant capacity.