National Nutrition Month – Pass The Blue & Purple Produce Please!

Blue/purple fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called “anthocyanins” which is the same natural pigment mentioned for the red fruits and vegetables! The blue/purple produce family contain powerful antioxidants that help prevent many diseases and promote health!  Blueberries, grapes and raisins protect cells from damage, help reduce risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease, improve memory function, and promote healthy aging!

Did you know grapes contain flavonoids and phytonutrients?  The content of flavonoids and phytonutrients give the grapes color, therefore, the more vibrant the color, the more phytonutrients the grape contains.  Grapes also contain important antioxidants called polyphenols.

  • Polyphenols help prevent the accumulation of oxidized cholesterol 
  • Resveratrol protects against arterial wall damage.
  • Grapes contain high levels of Caffeic Acid, which is a cancer fighting substance!
  • Bioflavonoids facilitate the absorption of vitamin C! Vitamin C maintains healthy connective tissue in our bodies.

Other Members of the Blue/Purple Produce Family: Blackberries, Blueberries, Eggplant, Figs, Plums, Prunes, Purple grapes, Raisins

 

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