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Darker the food the better they are

7 Mar

 

blackberries in pink plastic bowl 
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By: Julie Daniluk, R.H.N.

Five health benefits of purple foods
Dark-coloured foods such as purple onions and blackberries are loaded with healing antioxidants. Here’s why you should include them in your diet and a healthy purple coleslaw recipe

It’s a scientifically-proven fact that the darker the food, the higher the antioxidant level. Antioxidants are to the body, the way rust-proof works on a car – they have the ability to mop up free radicals and keep you looking younger, longer. Thus, dark foods with a purple pigment, such as purple onions, concord grapes, purple cabbage, black mission figs, prunes and blackberries, are known for having amazing healing powers.

The purple pigment in all of these fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, including resveratrol, which can help decrease blood pressure. Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries and allows better circulation. Produce with purple hues contain a variety of polyphenols that can reduce the inflammatory response in the body. In my book Meals That Heal Inflammation, I outline how inflammation is at the root of all major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis… check out the rest by clicking the link:

http://www.chatelaine.com/en/article/36218–five-health-benefits-of-purple-foods#

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