Color in a New Year

It never fails. Whenever a client asks “which foods are most protective” or “which foods are considered noninflammatory”, I find myself speaking about colors. In fact, I usually recommend eating at least 3 colors per meal.You are probably already familiar with the benefits of yellow and orange produce: vitamin C prevents scurvy and promotes a strong immune system; beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, prevents night blindness and is protective of your lungs. Red-colored produce (watermelon, tomatoes, red grapefruit) contain lycopene within the bright pigment.

A color that has been slow to catch on is purple. Sure, you know about purple grapes. But what about purple cauliflower? I saw my first purple cauliflower in a market in Seattle while visiting Chef Adam.

Cauliflower isn’t just white anymore.

Purple pigments contain anthocyanins, the same antioxidant found in purple grapes and red wine. Can’t find it in your local market? Check out the spring seed catalogs and try growing it yourself. Other purple veggies worth investigating include bell peppers, sweet potatoes and carrots. (Did you know that prior to 1600, carrots were purple, white or yellow?)

 

 

 

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Every writer has an inspiration. Mine was my dad, Paul Angielczyk. He died after a brief illness on 1/23/17. RIP. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life.

 

About nadineandadamblog

Nadine and Adam are mother and son. Nadine lives in Florida where she has provided outpatient MNT in a large healthsystem for the past 20 years. In addition, she teaches nutrition to second and third year family medicine residents. She is a past-spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adam lives in Washington State. His career has largely been involved in recipe development and food production. He is currently developing recipes and menus for the Seattle schools to meet the new federal guidelines for school nutrition programs and he does outpatient nutrition counseling. He is also a voice in PSAs over Seattle radio representing the Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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