Colorful Nutrition

Prior to today, I had never heard of Purple Carrots (had you?). I had NO idea that carrots even existed in a shade other than orange, but they do, and they hold a host of health benefits that their orange brothers and sisters don’t.

Traditionally, darker hued vegetables – specifically purple vegetables – have been known for their anthocyanins, polyphenols and flavonoids. All three of these components mean that your purple veggies contain high amounts of antioxidants, which are important in fighting disease and slowing down aging processes.

With the climate we live in today, we also have to consider that food today has less nutritional value than food produced 50 years ago. This is due to the diminished nutrient content of our soils, created by our own depletion of supplies. I encourage you to step outside of your box and reach for the vegetables you might not normally buy – you’ll likely be adding a powerful punch to your nutritional intake.

Ideas for purple veggie preparations forthcoming…

References:
Sweet Additions, Purple Carrots
Real Age, Get More Antioxidant Benefits
22 Days Nutrition, Powerful Purple Vegetables

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