Purple vegetables and fruits are not only fun to look at, they may also have additional health benefits over the regular varieties.
💟 Some foods, like eggplant, are naturally purple while others, like purple cauliflower, have been bred to be that way by farmers over many years by using a process known as selective breeding.
💟 Other purple produce includes potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onions, kale, asparagus, grapes, blackberries, passion fruit, elderberries, and Brussels Sprouts.
💟 The deep color of purple fruits and veggies is usually a sign that they contain a good amount of antioxidants. There’s a particular type of antioxidant called anthocyanins that give plants bright colors in the hues of reds, blues, and purples. It’s what gives flowers, tomatoes, and even blueberries their colors.
💟 Not only do anthocyanins help protect the plants from damage from sunlight and cold, it also helps attract pollinators like butterflies and bees to help them thrive. These protective qualities may also help your body when you consume them.
💟 Anthocyanins are anti-inflammatory, may lower blood pressure and decrease artery stiffness, and may help boost memory and learning abilities.
💟 Purple carrots have twice the amount of alpha and beta-carotene of orange carrots.
💟 Purple potatoes have four times as many antioxidants as Russet potatoes.
💟 Red cabbage contains 36 different kinds of antioxidants and more than six times more vitamin C than green cabbage.