Black – The New Colour Denoting Health

Black - The New Colour Denoting Health

Enough of greens ruling the healthy brigade. It’s time to have a colour change when it comes to healthy eating. And for that “black is the new green”.

Green as a colour in veggies and other naturally occurring edible stuff has always dominated when it came to being healthy but with new researches coming in, the dark coloured fruits, veggies and grains are nutritional powerhouses too. Their colour demonstrating pigment anthocyanins may help in lowering the risks of diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

Especially, the black foods have more antioxidants than light-coloured ones because of their high pigment content.

Include these below mentioned BLACK foods in your diet and reap their health boosting benefits.

Black rice

Black rice is an even better option that brown rice because its bran hull contains considerably higher amounts of vitamin E, which protects cells from free radical damage and strengthens the immune system. Black rice contains much higher amount of anthocyanin (an antioxidant) than blueberries.

Black lentils and black beans

Black legumes and lentils are loaded with iron. They also possess high levels of fibre, which not only lowers the cholesterol but would also improve immune function. One cup of these legumes and lentils has about 8 mg of fibre, which is almost half the daily requirement (18 mg) for women.

Beans on the other hand are packed with bioflavonoids, a potent plant-based nutrient that guard against certain cancers.

Blackberries

Polyphenols found abundantly in dark berries may help reduce cognitive decline in older people by clearing up cells that damage brain function. Blackberries are also rich in fibre content.

Black tea

Black tea (our regular tea without sugar) scores high when it comes to health benefits. It contains theaflavins, antioxidants that may improve recovery from muscle soreness after intensive exercise. Drinking black tea may also lower the risk of a heart attack.

Black soybeans

Eating black soybeans can help reduce the risk of thrombosis, a type of blood clot that can be potentially fatal. They are healthier than yellow or green soybeans.

Black soybean oil contains alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that may help in reducing the risk of heart diseases.

Black pepper

Black pepper possesses health benefits ranging from fighting infection to helping the digestive system. Black pepper is known to be loaded with antioxidant. It also is beneficial against bacterial growth, chiefly in the intestinal tract.

So, next time you see black coloured food, don’t cringe; enjoy in anticipation of good health!

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