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Did you know this about purple foods?

Yes, there’s truth behind the whole Eat the Rainbow saying! And no, not in the form of Skittles or Smarties.

Every colour fruit or veg has their own unique health benefits. It’s a simple rule to apply to your diet: the more colourful the food on your plate, the more nutrients.

Here’s the interesting thing – the actual colours ARE the medicine. The pigment that gives the colour is actually the beneficial part of the fruit or veg.

Let’s look at purple foods.

Purple fruit and vegetables are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients. In fact, the darker the shade, the better for you!

Antioxidants are desperately needed in the body to balance out oxidants (also called ‘free radicals’), which cause nasty damage to your cells if their numbers get too high. Eating more purple food is really critical when it comes to fighting the aging process, preventing disease and also helping to fight inflammation.

Purple and blue foods also contain resveratrol which helps protect the lining of your arteries, so blood flows as it should, amongst other benefits. (You might have heard of resveratrol before – magazines looove publishing how good red wine is for you because of the resveratrol in red grapes)

Where can you get your daily dose of purple?

• Blackberries and blueberries
• Eggplant
• Plums
• Purple cabbage
• Radishes
• Red Grapes
• Acai bowls
• Purple carrots
• Beetroot

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