Colours in Food – Part 5 – The Promising Purples


Last in the series of articles on food and colour psychology, this blog urges you to try and incorporate all the colours on your plate. There is a reason that nature has made food in different colours. Nature knows what is best for us and has found an ingenious way to highlight the nutrients in food, making it appealing and appetising such that we reach out and include it in our daily meals.

So read on and load up!

The Promising ‘Purples’

Colour of royalty, purple combines the stability of blue and energy of red that symbolizes everything magic, power and luxury.

The anthocyanin content in foods provides food with this royal hue.  Purple foods and their wealth of incredible health benefits have been backed by reams of research. There is considerable evidence that purple foods improve heart health, vision and brain power.

Produce with purple hues reduce inflammatory response in the body and support healthy blood pressure. Also their ability to keep your body younger longer is enough of a reason we turn to it! Think blueberries, blackberries, prunes, plums, eggplants and purple onions and cabbage!

With great recipes under its belt, never think of cooking with purple foods as monotonous! Slice in the luscious purple fruits for scrummy breakfast-worthy smoothies! Also, try your hands on a Grape-studded Savoury Pavlova or indulge in a Lavender Lemonade. A Purple Ombre Pasta Salad seems like another compelling dish vying for attention.

Blueberries are actually purple and are said to have the highest antioxidants compared to other purple foods.  And what better way to have them than devour a fabulous cheesecake with blueberry glaze? We can surely indulge in moderation and derive the goodness and benefits of blueberries too by doing so!

You cannot afford to underestimate purple foods that have the potentiality of harbouring some of the best benefits to your body and palate. Reflecting over all this, the promising purples definitely deserve a spot in your kitchen and we are sure that your body is going to thank you for this!

Shagufta Patel

With an academic background in Marketing, Shagufta is also an Image Advisor, Life-Skill Coach and a NLP practitioner with a penchant for writing. She intends to add value as part of the marketing team at ICCA and grow through new experiences. As passionate about food as she is about people, she believes that cultures though diverse across the globe; the one thing that holds common for nations and its folks, is that everyone loves a hearty meal prepared with love and care. Food according to her is the melting pot where all differences just vaporise and she is happy to be part of a culinary potpourri.

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