Include these healthy purple foods in your food regime

Thanks to their high concentration purple-pigmented foods offer a host of health benefits and add color to your diet.

Purple foods like blackberries, Redbor kale, acai berries, forbidden rice, purple carrots, and elderberries into your meal plan can provide with powerful dose of anthocyanin antioxidants and a variety of important nutrients.

There are many types of purple-colored foods to choose from, including vegetables and grains. Try adding a few of the fruits, vegetables, and grains on this list to your next meal or snack to take advantage of their health-promoting properties.

Red dragon fruit: Red dragon is a tropical fruit that has a bright, reddish-purple flesh dotted with tiny, black, edible seeds. It’s texture is similar to that of kiwi, and its taste is often described as mildly sweet. They are low in calories yet packed with fiber, vitamin C, and magnesium with high concentration of protective antioxidants.

Eggplant: These are high in antioxidants and manganese, a mineral essential for bone health and metabolism. Though not as nutrient-dense as some of the other foods on this list, eggplants come in a variety of colors. Purple-skinned eggplants are among the most common. It’s peel is especially concentrated in the anthocyanin nasunin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and heart-protective properties in animals.

Purple cabbage: Purple cabbage — also known as red cabbage — contains anthocyanins, just like most other purple leafy vegetables, which boost the health-promoting properties of this cruciferous vegetable even higher. It is loaded with fiber, provitamin A, and vitamin C. It provides potent anti-inflammatory effects because of the high levels of powerful plant compounds found in its highly pigmented leaves.

Blackberries: Among the most well-known purple fruits, blackberries are loaded with other strong polyphenol antioxidants, as well as fiber and micronutrients, including vitamin C, folate, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. They work as strong antioxidants in your body, protecting your cells from damage and reducing inflammation that may otherwise lead to negative health outcomes.

Purple asparagus: A lot of people doesn’t know that asparagus comes in other hues than just green. Yes, these white and purple adds visual appeal and nutritional benefits to recipes, providing a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and potent plant compounds. It’s an excellent source of anthocyanins. It also has the highest concentration of rutin, a polyphenol plant pigment that may have powerful heart-protective and anticancer properties.

Forbidden rice: Black rice also known as “forbidden rice” is an excellent source of anthocyanins, which may have cancer-fighting effects. It is a unique rice variety that takes on a deep purple color when cooked. This striking grain makes a colorful substitution for white or brown rice and can be used in a number of recipes, such as soups, stir-fries, and pilafs.

Purple sweet potatoes: Purple sweet potatoes may have anti-inflammatory properties and even protect against obesity and certain types of cancer, including colon cancer. All sweet potatoes are highly nutritious, providing many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, provitamin A, potassium, and the B vitamins. Purple sweet potatoes have the added benefit of containing anthocyanin antioxidants.

Purple cauliflower: Purple cauliflower is not only visually stunning cruciferous vegetable, but it also contains anthocyanins thanks to a genetic mutation that gives them an intense purple hue. It adds color to dishes and also offers anti-inflammatory benefits and may protect against certain cancers, including colorectal cancer.

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