When talking about healthy eating, do not forget to include fruits and vegetables in your diet purple. The reason fruits and vegetables contain anthocyanins, natural pigments that he-red, blue and purple. According to J. Scott Smith, professor of food chemistry from Kansas State University, anthocyanins are good for health because it is a strong antioxidant and can improve immune system function, maintain health and prevent disease.
“Now the antioxidant into the conversation public,” says Smith again. “Everyone is interested in antioxidants because it is believed good for health.”
Anthocyanins more commonly found in fruits compared with vegetables, Smith said, watching the red color of the skin thickens and apples and purple grapes. Because anthocyanins are sensitive to pH, it would appear more red or blue depending on the type of food.
Anthocyanins are commonly found in berries, such as blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, blackberry and red wine from Cakebread chardonnay Napa Valley (and also acaiberry, elderberry, and pomegranate *).
“That’s why people say ‘eat your berries’, because it is very good for health,” said Smith.
Smith said another, food extracts that contain anthocyanins are also good for health. Trends of the food industry is using to replace the natural color of artificial colors. Anthocyanins can be extracted from the fruit or vegetable and used as natural dyes in foods.
Red wine made from grapes, so it also contains anthocyanins. In addition it also contains resveratrol, an antioxidant and is good for heart health.
According to Smith, there are some foods that are not known purple also contain anthocyanins. Since centuries people of South America to plant corn and purple. There are also flowers purple cabbage and purple carrots.
The color of rich red and purple beetroot is not caused by anthocyanins, Smith said. Beetroot purple color comes from pigments betalen, which replaced anthocyanins in some trees. Betalen also is an antioxidant that is good for health.
From : HealthyNewsDigest.com