Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Login |  Register 
***Closings***    Kickapoo Nation School closed Wednesday *** Maur Hill - Mount Academy closed Wednesday *** Saint Benedict Catholic School closed Wednesday *** Trinity Lutheran Elem. School - Closed Wednesday *** USD 113 Prairie Hills closed Wednesday *** USD 115 Nemaha Central closed Wednesday *** USD 322 Onaga closed Wednesday, all activities cancelled *** USD 338 Valley Falls closed Wednesday *** USD 339 Jeff Co. North - Closed Wednesday *** USD 340 Jeff West closed Wednesday & all activities cancelled *** USD 341 Oskaloosa closed Wednesday *** USD 342 McLouth closed Wednesday *** USD 377 ACCHS closed Wednesday *** USD 380 Vermillion closed Wednesday *** USD 409 Atchison - Closed Wednesday *** USD 415 Hiawatha closed Wednesday *** USD 429 Troy - Closed Wednesday *** USD 430 South Brown County closed Wednesday *** USD 498 Valley Heights closed Wednesday ***
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
MSC News National Headlines U.S Health Tech Talk World Business Sports Top Headlines
The Power of Purple
04/13/2018
 

The more color you put on your plate, the better – especially when it is purple. Foods with a rich hue, such as blueberries, grapes, purple cabbage, or eggplant may help heart health, blood pressure, and obesity.

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES) shows that adults who eat purple and blue fruits and vegetables have reduced risk for both high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol, which is the “good” kind. These adults were also less likely to be overweight.

So, what makes purple foods so special? The magic is found in the compounds that give purple foods their color, called anthocyanins. They are antioxidants that help protect against cell damage and help reduce inflammation. Anthocyanins are believed to also prevent some cancers and diabetes, and can improve memory.

While the benefits of purple and blue foods are widely known, they make up only 3 percent of the average American’s fruit and vegetable intake. Here are a few tips to purple-up your diet.

• Swap traditional iceberg lettuce for dark green, purple, and red leaves that boost the phytonutrients and offer more flavor and texture.

• Blueberries are rock stars among purple foods. Enjoy them fresh or frozen. Added to smoothies or oatmeal, they provide a powerful way to start your day. Enjoy them as a snack, add them to salads and baked foods, or make a berry crisp.

• Offer carrots in a variety of colors for your family to taste. Purple carrots are best served fresh or roasted as they will lose much of their gorgeous color when boiled.

• Look for purple varieties of common vegetables at the grocery store or farmers market, such as potatoes, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes. Use purple cabbage in any recipe that calls for green.

• Grow purple varieties of vegetables in your garden like onions, potatoes, peppers, and carrots.

You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Local officer found dead identified Wednesday
Rural Falls City man arrested following Auburn robbery
Theft scheme nets two arrests
Investigation continues following Atchison pursuit
Wildlife investigation holds Atchison man
Hiawatha man arrested on child sex charges
Two injured after a car and semi collide head-on
Services set for local officer
Wathena man killed in Wednesday accident
Saturday wreck downs power lines
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Pursuit turned crash injures one
Monday night fire claims one life
Extension approved for Johnson-Brock Principal
Two injured after a car and semi collide head-on
Friday fire leaves family homeless
Slick roadway leads to crash and arrest
Minor injuries after a car collides with tree
One fatality confirmed in Sunday fire
Public meeting scheduled on Highway 50 project
Positive audit report for Pawnee City
Click Here For All Stories

©2019 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report

Powered by Radio Media Group
162.158.78.58