Purple-coloured foods contain a certain antioxidant called anthocyanin. This is the beautiful plant pigments which give fruit and veg their deep red-orange, purple or blue-violet hues.
They are polyphenolic pigments that belong to the flavonoid group
Many purple foods contain anthocyanins a flavonoid with potent agents to protect DNA and genomic activity.
purple foods are ‘superfoods’
Which foods contain anthocyanins?
blueberries – Also source of vitamin C which protect cells and aids absorption of iron
Pomegranate – Also provides vitamins A, C and E, iron, and other antioxidants such as tannins.
Purple sweet potato
Beetroot – vitamins and minerals, including folate, iron, manganese, potassium, and nitrate-rich
Beetroot’s purple colour comes from plant chemicals called betalains. Like anthocyanins, betalains have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Dried Berries and raisin have a higher content