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The Power of Purple Produce

Recent research published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine suggests that consuming purple and blue foods, such as purple cabbage, eggplant, raisins, Concord grapes and 100% grape juice, may help Americans get more of the nutrients they need and consume healthier diets (McGill et al 2011).
 
In this study, researchers examined the diets of more than 15,000 adults and children and found that in general, those who consumed purple and blue produce ate more fruit and had healthier diets compared to those who did not eat purple and blue produce. Specifically, children and adults who ate purple and blue fruits and vegetables versus those who did not had higher intakes of essential nutrients (like fiber, potassium and vitamin C) and lower intakes of added sugar (McGill et al 2011).
 
To add to these findings, adults who ate purple and blue produce also had significantly lower waist circumferences and body mass index (BMI)—indicators of heart-health risk (Flint et al 2010; NHLBI)
 
·      Sprinkle raisins on your whole-grain cereal.
·      Create a smoothie with blackberries, low-fat yogurt and 100% juice.
·      Add a glass of 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes to your afternoon meal.  
             -A 4- ounce glass counts as one serving (1/2 cup) of purple fruit.
·      Serve a side of roasted eggplant with your favorite pasta dish.
·      Grill purple asparagus or roast some purple potatoes to accompany your evening  
              meal.

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