We’ve discussed in previous posts how eating a rainbow of different colored foods ensures that you get a good variety of nutrients.  Researchers have found that foods containing purple pigments are less frequently consumed than foods of other colors.  Purple foods contain the class of antioxidants known as anthocyanins.  The research is still emerging, but scientists suspect that these antioxidants could be particularly helpful in preventing heart disease.

Here are some foods that are high in anthocyanins to incorporate into your diet:

  • Blackberries
  • Blood oranges
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Red cabbage
  • Red onion
  • Strawberries

Berries can be pricey when they are fresh, if you’re on a budget (and really, who isn’t these days?) try picking them up in the frozen section.  Blend some frozen berries with greek yogurt for a sweet frozen treat that’s also a balanced snack.

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