First of all, we have all heard it is a good idea to eat the colors of the rainbow. As an art teacher, earlier in my career, I hated the school lunches and would often remark to the other teachers in the lounge that their tray contained only brown foods. One day, their lunch was chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, applesauce, and a roll which were all brown in different hues. It was not very appetizing to me even though the menu was created by a nutritionist.
So, I love the new colors of vegetables like purple available now and often have wondered if they are good for you? Come to find out, purple vegetables are often better than other vegetables.
Here is what the Dr. Oz sight says: “Purple foods contain anthocyanins, which are health-promoting chemicals that help protect cells and heal your body. Research suggests they play active roles in promoting eye and heart health, decreasing cancer cell proliferation and more. Anthocyanins are predominant in teas, honey, wines, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, cocoa and cereals. Include these purple fruits and vegetables into your diet at least 4-5 days a week along with dark green, orange and yellow foods for maximum benefits.” http://www.doctoroz.com/article/power-purple-foods
So, purple is not only good, its great! I have tried purple potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, carrots and even tomatoes. Dr. Oz even goes on to say that according to the USDA, potatoes with the darkest colors have more than four times the antioxidant potential than other potatoes and purple carrots may help with weight management and glucose control, and perhaps even lower the risk of diabetes. Wow, who wouldn’t want to start eating purple vegetables?
As a hypnotherapist, I always include suggestions to eat fruits and vegetables the colors of the rainbow in my weight loss sessions. I have even had clients visualize a fruit or vegetable for each color and I know it works. Clients report craving these healthy foods more and having less desire for unhealthy foods. In the future, if a client asks, I could focus even more time on craving purple vegetables. So, if purple is your new favorite color, check out www.mindoverbodyhypnotherapy.com