From fashion and beauty to political stances, Hollywood influences all aspects of our lives. We look into a health craze that is sweeping the world, thanks to Tinsel town.
According to the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Mariah Carey, a berry a day can keep the doctor away. Yes, you heard us; forget the apples, oranges and anything that isn’t in a violet hue. The Purple Diet is an anti-ageing regimen where you eat nothing but — you guessed it — purple-coloured foods.
Other than being arguably the prettiest diet around, what beats a plate full of berries, plums and grapefruit; it’s also very high in antioxidants.
Studies show that the regal colour
is pigmented by anthocyanin, a health promoting anti-inflammatory chemical that can help reduce the risk of cancer and improve memory.
The fruits and vegetables are also packed with flavonoids, known to be one of the most powerful phytochemicals. These are heart-healthy and control glucose so they are very diabetes friendly. On top of that, quick shedding of pounds is guaranteed — win, win!
Although it is one of the ‘healthier’ diet fads that have come and gone, there are some drawbacks. For instance, it is very restricted. Now, we love fruits, veggies and legumes as much as the next person, but unless you can find a purple lamb chop or chicken breast, your options are very limited.
Besides, too much of a good thing is probably not that good, and we have scientific facts to back us up this time. It’s known that antioxidants neutralise free radicals in our system, but studies now show that although they’re harmful in excess, our body needs some free radicals to do things like fight infections.
What we suggest is instead of a full on colour coded diet, why not incorporate the purple ‘super foods’ into your lifestyle? This way, it isn’t limited to a few days where all the benefits that we reaped are lost right after.
Here are three things you should be eating on a regular basis.
Eggplant: This antioxidant powerhouse is low in calories and high in fibre. Mix up the vegetable with fresh tomatoes, parsley and lemon for a tasty, healthy lunch.
Grapes: The skin of purple grapes is a great source of resveratrol, a bioflavonoid that has been shown to promote a healthy heart. Whip up a breakfast smoothie by blending purple grapes, berries, a banana and Greek yogurt.
Cabbage: A great store of vitamin C and vitamin K, this veggie works wonders for the skin and is said to help prevent cancer. Stir fry small chunks of chicken breasts with sliced purple cabbage, carrots and mushroom. Serve with whole-wheat noodles for a delicious dinner.