In nature, blue is not as popular as the other colors of the spectrum, especially in fruits and vegetables. Such a rarity could only mean that foods with blue have special qualities to them. Just as orange foods help the eyes, blue foods offer benefits that others colors do not. Blueberries are, of course, the most recognizable blue food, but no need to sing the blues if you’re wanting more of a variety, because there are plenty of blues to eat that will keep your body (and mind) happy.
Aside from tasting great and coloring your plate, naturally blue foods contain antioxidants that can prevent cancer and other diseases. Many other fruits and veggies are also great sources of antioxidants, so what is it exactly that makes blue foods so unique?
Research shows that blue fruits and vegetables can improve memory function and help with aging. Studying for a test? Eat blue. Trying to reminisce about back in the days? Eat blue. Want to look and feel 20 when you’re 60, without having to wear miniskirts? Eat blue.
Read the rest for more on blue foods.Eating a rainbow provides different benefits because the natural properties that color the foods serve important functions in our bodies. Blue plants contain anthocyanin, which gives the bright blue color. This specific antioxidant serves as protection against cell damage that can affect memory and dysfunctions that come along with aging. Don’t wait until you get older to start worrying about the aging process. Everyday you’re getting older, so take preventative measures now so you’ll be able to remember your youth.
But blue isn’t the only color that anthocyanins produce, because purple fruits and vegetables contain it as well. If you want to improve your memory and age gracefully, purple foods are just as good for you and more common.
Try eatin’ these blues (and purples):
- Purple Cabbage
- Purple onions
- Açaí berries
- Purple potatoes
- Purple and blue corn
Try these tips to mix in some blue and purple on your plate:
- Throw some frozen blueberries, blackberries, and juice into the blender for a blast of blue.
- Make your salad even more colorful with a sprinkle of raisins.
- Use shredded purple cabbage in stir fries and slaws.
- Switch white and yellow onions with purple for more colorful salsas and salads.
- Mix in blueberries, fresh or frozen, into pancake batter for a memorable breakfast.
- Eat a prune a day….for color and for fiber.
- Ask for Açaí berries in your smoothies.
- Explore world cuisine. Try the Peruvian drink made from purple corn, chicha morado, or Filipino pastries made with ube.
Hopefully, you’ll remember to eat your blues!
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