Purple Produce

By Organic Spa Magazine / August 28, 2017

Purple produce has been a supermarket trend in 2017, from more traditional options like blueberries and Concord grapes, to recently popular purple asparagus and potatoes. The health benefits of purple produce are the reason for the spike in popularity, as it is rich in anthocyanins, according to the Huffington Post. Anthocyanins are good for the heart and memory, and they fight against weight gain and cancer.

Purple potatoes are high in antioxidants, similar to dark, leafy greens. They’ve also been shown to lower blood pressure. However, they taste similar to white potatoes and they can be cooked the same ways.

Purple Asparagus U.S. News says purple asparagus is not as bitter in taste as its green counterpart. An added bonus is that purple asparagus boasts high levels of vitamin C.

Blueberries It’s no surprise that blueberries are good for your health, they’re rich in antioxidants. However, they’re also good for maintaining blood sugar levels. Look to blueberries to meet your daily fiber intake, too.

Purple cauliflower may be a surprising piece of produce, but you can likely find it at your local Whole Foods. As mentioned, like all purple produce, its main benefit is the anthocyanins it has to offer.

Concord grapes are a grocery staple for many families, especially in the summertime, due to their sweet, refreshing taste. However, the skin and seeds may offer more benefits than you may realize. Concord grapes are also a great source of many vitamins like vitamin K and potassium.

Purple figs have a variety of uses in our diets and meals, including their fiber and ability to lower blood pressure. Many people likely shy away from cooking with figs because they aren’t sure how to incorporate them, but figs are great additions to everything from oatmeal to salad to muffins.

Purple produce may be intimidating for some due to the vibrant colors, but the benefits are worth it, and the more purple, the greater the benefits! Most of these purple foods taste the same as their other colored counterparts, and you can continue to use all of your favorite methods to cook them, too.


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