If you’re a self-proclaimed “foodie”, then you probably know that each year, there are food (and drink) trends that come out. When we looked to see what this year had to offer for our refrigerators and dinner tables, we saw that one of our favorite colors was going to be really popular this year.
In 2017, when it comes to eating what’s healthy, it’s all about going purple! Why that of all colors? Well, according to scientific research, the darker food is, the more nutrients that it has. There are even studies which indicate that people who consumed purple-colored foods on a regular basis significantly reduced their risk of having low blood pressure. It lowered their cholesterol too.
Granted, some of the foods that we’re about to share with you don’t have purple in the name, just the appearance. But we’re pretty confident that if you try a few of them, whether you’re already a fan of the color or not, you’re going to fall in love to what purple can do for you and your family.
Acai berries are extremely high in antioxidants, making them the kind of fruit that will fight off free radicals, give you lots of energy and strengthen your immune system too. They contain anthocyanins, which help to lower your cholesterol, the many nutrients in them will not only help you to lose weight but maintain your healthy weight once you read your goal. Acai berries also contain potent detoxification capacities that make it easier to digest your food. Something else that these berries have in them are plant phytochemicals; these antioxidants slow down the aging process and help to give you radiant skin. They can also increase blood circulation, which means they are also on the list of being a libido-booster.
Eggplant is loaded with vitamins including Vitamins B6, C, K, magnesium, copper, folic acid and potassium---just to name a few. If you are borderline anemic, eggplant also contains iron. It’s good for your bones because it has calcium in it too. At 35 calories a cup, this food is loaded with dietary fiber. Eggplant also helps to manage diabetes, and it contains certain essential phyto-nutrients to keep your brain healthy and strong. This is a great substitute food if you’re trying to transition into a vegetarian or vegan diet due to its “meaty” texture too.
Red cabbage contains Vitamins A, C, B (pretty much all of the B vitamins), E and K. It has a good amount of dietary fiber, riboflavin, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and calcium too. It’s another food that contains lots of antioxidants; an extra benefit to those is that they help to prevent cancer. Something that stands out about red cabbage is that it has an amino acid called glutamine in it. That fights inflammation and also prevents and heals ulcers. It’s a good food to eat if you’re pregnant because it helps with bone strength and development. But if you have hypo-thyroidism, consult your doctor. You may see side effects if that is the case.
Blackberries are a low-sodium and low-calorie treat. You can eat a bowl of them and only take in about 70 calories. They have a good amount of Vitamin K in them; that’s good to know because you need it to relax your muscles after a workout. They can also come in handy around your menstrual cycle to ease the discomfort as your uterus contracts. Blackberries have tannins in them which help to keep gum disease at bay. They contain 85 percent water to replenish your system. Since they also have 30 percent of the dietary fiber your body needs each day, they are another food that can help to prevent diabetes. Also the phytoestrogens, vitamins and minerals in blackberries will keep your immune system strong, especially during the colder months.
If you’re looking for a low-calorie food (grapes are also made up of mostly water) that controls your blood sugar, improves your brain function, fights off infections, helps to relieve constipation and improves your vision, black grapes would be it. Some specific things that they contain are Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which keeps your eyesight in healthy; phytochemicals, which fits to reduce damage done to your heart muscles and Vitamin E---you need that for glowing skin and the healing of any scar tissue.
It’s kind of interesting that black rice (due to its name) has the nickname “forbidden rice” because it’s extremely good for you. Sitting at around 160 calories per serving, black rice contains a considerable amount of fiber, protein and iron. Out of all the foods in the world, it has one of the highest levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin in it. You need that for a strong heart and brain. Black rice also helps to detoxify your liver, reduce inflammation and it can help you to lose weight too. If you’re someone who has a gluten-free diet, good news. It’s another food that you can put on your list to eat!
Plums have a good amount of dietary fiber in them. They also contain sorbitol and isatin; these work together to relieve digestive problems and constipation. The purplish pigment in them are due to what’s known as anthocyanins; they protect against cell damage and also help to fight cancer. Plums have Vitamin D and calcium in them; both are good for maintaining bone health. The extracts in plums also have the reputation for helping to prevent breast cancer. And since they have a low glycemic index, they are another food that can help to keep diabetes under control. As a bonus, they also contain quercetin, which increases your brain memory. All great reasons to bit into one (even if it’s dried) today!