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Day 5: BLUE and PURPLE Foods

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Day 5: BLUE and PURPLE Foods

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purple foods significance in your health

Whenever I close my eyes and imagine the color purple the first thought that comes to my mind is royalty. So does blue does it not? However, when I think blue it brings more serenity to my thoughts.

Did you know that this color food group helps people who are looking forward to losing weight? Try eating off a blue plate and you will see how your appetite stays in control. Let us find out more about this color food group.

Sources

Cranberries, Beets, Cocoa, Eggplant, Wine, Blueberries, grapes, Peanuts, Prunes, Blackberries, Strawberries, Purple Potatoes and more…

Benefits

  1. Purple grapes, cranberries, blueberries, bilberries and red wine and grape contain ‘Resveratrol’ which can induce cancer cell death in cases of prostate, breast, skin, liver, lung and blood cancers. [1]
  2. Anthocyanins from blackberries reduces stomach ulcer formation because the antioxidants in blackberries prevent oxidation and boosts the activity of other important antioxidants, such as glutathione, that are naturally present in the body. [2]
  3. Anthocyanins present in Purple and Blue foods also prevent memory loss due to aging. [3]

Add ‘BLUE and PURPLE’ to the diet- Here is how?

  1. Nibble on purple grapes rather than green grapes for better taste and healthier stomach.
  2. Add raisins, blueberries, and strawberries to your dessert and cakes for the extra flavor.
  3. Blackberries and blueberries always make good drinks. So whip them up to a shake or a smoothie especially now when summer is on.
  4. Blueberry marmalade or jam spread over your pancakes or waffles give it another heavenly flavor altogether.
  5. Cook up a cranberry oat crumble
References:
[1] García-Zepeda SP, García-Villa E, Díaz-Chávez J, Hernández-Pando R, & Gariglio P (2013). Resveratrol induces cell death in cervical cancer cells through apoptosis and autophagy. European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP), 22 (6), 577-84 PMID: 23603746. ^Back to Top^

[2] Kim, S., Park, Y., Paik, H., & Chang, H. (2011). Effect of anthocyanins on expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 in naproxen-induced gastric ulcers British Journal of Nutrition, 106 (12), 1792-1801 DOI: 10.1017/S000711451100242X . ^Back to Top^

[3] Krikorian, R., Shidler, M., Nash, T., Kalt, W., Vinqvist-Tymchuk, M., Shukitt-Hale, B., & Joseph, J. (2010). Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 58 (7), 3996-4000 DOI: 10.1021/jf9029332. ^Back to Top^

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