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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