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Purple Foods: More Than Just a Colorful Diet Trend

Thanks to the attention that the media has placed on fitness, the awareness on the part of health bloggers, nutritionists, and dietitians who share ideas on social networks with health tips to live a better life, it is possible to get to know about better food options.

If you want to try the new trend of colorful foods for yourself, then you should also know about the health benefits of purple fruits, vegetables and cereals available in the market right now.

Purple corn

Purple corn is hard to come by. It is a grain that grows mainly in the mountains of Peru, which means that it is not available in most supermarkets. The best option to find it is to look at health stores and specialized online retailers.

Purple corn has one of the highest antioxidant contents. That already is more benefits than its non-purple counterparts.

Purple Sweet Potatoes

While the standard sweet potato is full of benefits for your body, the purple sweet potato is much more beneficial for your health. Also known as Okinawa potatoes, these brightly colored tubercles share the same taste as their orange siblings, but they are also full of anthocyanin, which contributes to a better digestion and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Acai Berries

Acai berries have become the fashionable food in recent years, and the rising trend shows no signs of ending. The berries are advertised in some dietary pills, but since there are conflicting opinions about whether this fruit can help in a significant way in regards to weight loss, the science is clearer on the subject of its benefits to our overall health.

It has been scientifically proven that acai berries are extremely good for your heart. They provide cardio-protective benefits to the cells and reduce cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, effectively helping to prevent blood clots, improve blood circulation, and relax blood vessels.

Black rice

Once described as the “forbidden rice”, due to the fact that it was produced on a much smaller scale than brown or white beans, black rice has a whole series of health benefits.

This cereal is rich in iron and vitamin E, and it is ideal to combat aging and heart problems, and if that’s still not attractive enough, you should know that it also  has a mild, nutty flavor.

Purple asparagus

Originally from Albenga, Italy, the purple asparagus is rich in vitamin B, which helps improving the skin, hair and nails. While these can be seen as purely aesthetic benefits, the purple asparagus has also been praised for its laxative properties, and it has been used since Roman times to improve bowel movements.

It is also ideal for the immune system, as it is a wonderful source of vitamins A, C and K and is a food low on calories.

 

With all of these benefits, we hope your meals are full of the color purple!

 

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