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For most of us growing up, a night at the dinner table with family consisted of our parents vivaciously persuading us to eat our greens.
While green vegetables are undoubtedly packed with an abundance of nutrients, many health professionals are now singing the praises of the purple vegetables.
Bursting with an array of vitamins and nutrients, deep hued vegetables are more nutritious than their counterparts according to nutritionist Kate Miller.
“Purple vegetables are certainly making a name for themselves as a powerful superfood.
Purple carrots contain the same vitamin A and beta-carotene as orange carrots, however they are also rich in rich in anthocyanins and phenolics” said Ms Miller.
Anthocyanin is the compound that gives the vegetables its deep hue. Ridding the body of free radicals, anthocyanin acts as a soothing agent for inflammation.
Anthocyanins and phenolics have also been shown to improve memory, maintain a healthy urinary tract, reduce the risk of some cancers, and are also proven to slow down the aging process.
While purple fruits have always held precedence in our fruit baskets, many people would be surprised at the amount of purple vegetables on offer including;
• Potato and sweet potato
So with all of these wonderful reasons to eat purple vegetables, it’s time to head down to your local organic grocer and add a little purple haze to your diet.
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If this is a growing trend should we be seeing more of these vegetables in local grocers any time soon? I don't think I have seen any of these in the bigger brand grocers in my local area.
Great question! Absolutely, you can find purple vegetables at any Woolworths and Coles as well as organic grocers. Purple vegetables are also generally the same price as their counterparts.
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