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Reach for the Blues for Healthy Aging
Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain health-promoting phytochemicals, which are being studied for their anti-aging benefits. It's believed that eating produce that is blue or purple in color can help maintain urinary tract health, lower the risk of some cancers and help with memory function.
High in fiber and folate, blackberries are also a good source of vitamin C and contain small amounts of iron, calcium and vitamin E.
With only 25 calories per serving, healthy eggplant also contains dietary fiber, vitamin C, iron and potassium.
Trivia:Originally an Oriental ornamental plant, eggplant got its name from yellow and white fruited varieties with egg-sized fruits. |In India and Medieval Europe, eggplant was credited with remarkable properties as a love potion. By the 16th Century, northern Europeans were calling eggplants, "mad apples" in the belief that consumption would cause insanity.|Eggplant were brought to America by Spaniards as "berengenas," meaning apples of love.|Ladies in the high society of China once made black dye from dark eggplant skins and used it to stain their teeth to a black lustre, a fashionable cosmetic use.
Free of fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, purple grapes are a healthy source of vitamin C, and are high in antioxidants!
Trivia:For a delicious summertime treat, spread individual grapes on a pan and freeze. Transfer to a freezer box to have available for kids to eat as a frosty snack ~ like little popsicles.|Grapes are great to pack in lunch boxes. Grapes satisfy your child's sweet tooth without added sugar or fat, and they are an excellent way to get more fruit in a youngster's diet.|The frosty look on grape varieties is called bloom and is a natural protection produced by grapes.| There are seedless varieties of grapes in all colors - green, red and black - available throughout the year.
Black Beauty Plum
High in vitamin C, plums contain some potassium, as well as riboflavin and other B vitamins.