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Why You Should Eat More Purple Fruits and Vegetables

Why You Should Eat More Purple Fruits and Vegetables

A basked filled with luscious blue or dark red fruit and vegetables does much more than look good in still life paintings or on your kitchen counter. It contains a wealth of incredible health benefits.

The top benefactor in purple foods is their antioxidant content. The powerful health benefits of antioxidants are only too well known: they neutralize the agents of aging and disease, and keep you looking younger longer. Now consider this: According to the USDA , potatoes with the darkest colors have more than four times the antioxidant potential than other potatoes.  Remember: The darker the fruit or vegetable, the more antioxidants it has.

Prunes, purple cabbage, eggplant, blackberries, black currants, purple onions, concord grapes: all of these have a natural purple pigment that contains flavonoids, including reservatrol, which keeps blood pressure in control and boosts immunity from certain cancers. The skin of a black grape, for example, has this pigment, called anthocyanin. In cranberries, the purple pigment is seen to benefit those suffering from infections of the urinary tract.

There is evidence that purple foods improve heart health, vision, and brain power. Recent studies found that adults who eat purple and blue fruits and vegetables have reduced risk for both high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind); they are also less likely to be overweight.

So, with so many wonderful reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables of the purple family, get more of them into your daily diet. And don’t stop at eggplant and berries. Exciting purple varieties of corn, asparagus, figs, potatoes and such are yours for the tasting and enjoying!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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10:29AM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

I love purple fruits and veggies and also love to grow them. As A F stated, purple potatoes are something else, not to mention, very delicious. Lol, when it starts to get cold outside, they sneak into your kitchen to eat your sage, rosemary and thyme. Just a heads up!

Jayme T pondered incredulously: "Has anyone noticed the high cost of fruits and veggies these days??? OMG!"

Try checking out the skyrocketing prices in my country, then you will be glad that you don't have to purchase them here, lol.

1:03AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

not a lot of purple stuff on the shelves

1:30AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thank you :)

6:41AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Excellent article. Go for fruits and vegetables. Your body will thank you.

3:53AM PST on Feb 22, 2014


3:53AM PST on Feb 22, 2014


4:10AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Has anyone noticed the high cost of fruits and veggies these days??? OMG!

4:15PM PST on Feb 20, 2014


8:24AM PST on Feb 20, 2014


12:44AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Making purple potatoes into mash is a great way to freak out your friends, in a very delicious way.

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