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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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen6 months ago

Thank you

Dorothy Chamberlain

Noted - thanks for sharing.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B7 months ago

Glad to see the reference to black currants. They do grow well and produce generously but you have to wait for them to get really sweet. In England most of them are sold to a certain soft drink manufacturer so you don't see many in the shops. Red currants are brilliant too and make a wonderful jelly to go with meat.

Cela V.
Cela V7 months ago


Fi T.
Fi T7 months ago

More reasons to love our green

Pablo B.
Pablo B7 months ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers7 months ago


Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers7 months ago


Dale O.

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.

june t.
june t2 years ago

not a lot of purple stuff on the shelves