Yes, purple food is trending this year ( but that doesn’t mean you should ditch the reds, greens and yellows!). An analysis from the national Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES) a survey of eating and health habits, 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. Scientists believe that anthocyanins, compounds that give purple foods their color, are responsible for these boons. These compounds mop up free radicals and soothe inflammation. Here are some purple food that you can add into your diet.
1.Purple sweet potatoes
Also known as Okinawa potatoes, the brightly coloured roots share the same taste as the ordinary sweet potatoes, but are filled with anthocyanins which aid digestion and have anti-inflammatory properties. They also have 150% more antioxidants than blueberries.
Pronounced as ah-sigh-ee, these berries are popular in weight loss products and even in a few cosmetics for it’s anti-aging properties. When consumed, they provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells, and will even lower the cholesterol levels in the blood stream.
Dubbed as the forbidden rice, the black rice has a wider range of benefits compared to its other siblings. For starters, it’s high in iron and Vitamin E, which has been known to fight ageing and combat heart issues. The black rice also contains dietary fiber, anti-inflammatory properties, and has the ability to help stop the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and even weight gain. Its mild, nutty flavor goes well with almost any dish too!
4.Purple dragon fruit
Not only is it full of fibre, the dragon fruit is also low in calories and offers numerous nutrients, including Vitamin C, B Vitamins, phosphorus, protein, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants. This wonder fruit also contains lycopene, which helps protect against cancer and heart disease. The seeds can be consumed as they are a good source of protein.
Although less popular, the purple cabbage has a higher amount of Vitamin C compared to an orange. It also has double the iron compared to green cabbages.
Eggplants are rich in phenolic compounds that function as antioxidants. They have zero fat or cholesterol, making it the food for people who are trying to lose weight.
A 125 g serving of purple yam contains just 0.25 g of fat. Dietary fat is high in calories, but it does provide nutritional benefits, including promoting the absorption of some nutrients and assisting in healthy growth and development.