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The Power of Purple Food

May 2, 2013

As I flipped through the May issue of the Consumer Reports onHealth newsletter, the headline "Pick purple produce" in the "quick tips" column caught my eye. The newsletter notes that purple fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries and eggplant, are loaded with the antioxidant anthocyanin and other disease-fighting substances that may help fight heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Blueberries and other blue/purple berries were also on our list of foods to eat for longevity. And consuming purple and blue foods was associated with reduced risk for metabolic syndrome in the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999 to 2002). Below are some recipes for the superberry and other powerful purple foods, so put on your nonstaining shirt and dig in for your health: Blueberry Waffles Eggplant and Smoked Gouda Open-Faced Sandwiches Roasted Cauliflower and Radicchio Salad (make it with purple cauliflower) Roasted Salmon with Rhubarb and Red Cabbage (red cabbage = purple cabbage) Prune, Orange, and Red Onion Salad with Mixed Greens Blackberry, Honey, and Yogurt Pops (pictured) Roasted Plums with Greek Yogurt Fresh Grape and Champagne Sorbet

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