The Curious Case of ‘Purple Food’

Purple Food
Anthocyanins are generally found in the skin of the vegetable, so don’t peel it off

Add to your food plate some purple, they are good for health. Purple foods include grapes, eggplant, blackberries to the not so popular purple cauliflower and cabbage. The purple color in itself is the healthy component — the pigment that give food their purple color are a family of potent antioxidants known as anthocyanins It is also said, darker the color, higher the anthocyanin concentration, and greater its nutrition benefit.

They are ‘Super Healthy’

Research have found that anthocyanins can lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. They can also help to control obesity and diabetes. They have anti-inflammatory properties, and hence also linked to most chronic diseases.

Do you know how to eat ‘Purple Veggies’

There are a few rules to be kept in mind while cooking Purple food

  • Anthocyanins are generally found in the skin of the vegetable, so don’t peel it off
  • Like vitamin C, these nutrients are water soluble, hence don’t boil it
  • It’s ideal to eat it by roasting or steaming

8 unusual ‘Purple Foods’

Can your bread be purple ?

Purple bread is hailed as ‘First Superfood from the world of baking. According to inventor of purple bread,  Professor Zhou Weibiao,  purple bread is rich in cancer fighting antioxidants and is digested 20% slower than regular white bread.

Try some Black Rice from China

Black rice
Black rice is also known as purple rice, forbidden rice, heaven rice and prized rice.

The kernel of black rice is black in color due to a pigment known as anthocyanin. Black rice is also known as purple rice, forbidden rice, heaven rice and prized rice. This rice is also known as long life rice as it can increase the longevity of life. China cultivates the most black rice followed by Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Philippines. This rice does not contain gluten, free of cholesterol, low in sugar, salt and fat. Black rice can be prepared with ease like any other rice and do not need any sophisticated ingredients.

Purple Cauliflower

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What more Men need to get Screened for to lead a Healthy and Happy life

Like any machine, our body requires regular maintenance to make it last a long time and run well till end meets

Like any machine, our body requires regular maintenance to make it last a long time and run well till end meets.

The problem with most men is that they will not head to hospital, unless there is some discomfort or pain and by then disease would have worsened. Most of the common diseases that affect men are potentially preventable, but one needs to undergo screening. Heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and dementia all share the same risk factors: smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and family history.

Leaving aside the basic set of tests like PSA, Blood sugar, Cholesterol, let’s explore what more men need to get screened for to lead a healthy and happy life.

Low Testosterone in Men

In men Testosterone production increases during puberty and starts to decrease after age 30. For each year over age 30, the level of testosterone in men starts to slowly dip at a rate of around 1 percent per year. Testosterone helps to maintain number of important bodily functions in men including sex drive, sperm production, muscle mass/strength, fat distribution, bone density and red blood cell production. So it’s decrease can bring about both physical and emotional changes. Depression also has been linked to men with low testosterone.

The low limit of testosterone levels in men is about 300 nanograms per deciliter and the upper normal limit is approximately 1000-1200 ng/dl.

Men still perceive seeking healthcare as a link to their vulnerability, with which they’re very uncomfortable.

Symptoms of low Testosterone  include

Change in sleep patterns, Reduced sex drive (low libido), Sexual dysfunction, Infertility, Emotional changes, Decreased strength and Weight gain

A blood test for testosterone can reveal the amount of testosterone circulating in blood.

Testosterone Therapy

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