Nurse Gail Ingram developed a diet for the Texas State Department of Transportation and provides nutritional counseling. Here is one of her quick tips to maximize nutrition intake:
I try to go to the farmer’s market as often as I can and while I’m there I stick to a general rule: BUY PURPLE. First, I walk through the market on a scouting mission and then I go back for a second loop to buy the purple variety of everything on my list.
Purple vegetables contain ANTHOCYANINS which are the most potent type of phytonutrients. They have anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties that may reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. So why would you eat regular vegetables when there are purple varieties available that might help you to live longer?
I usually shop at the Union Square Farmer’s Market in NYC. Hope to see you there!
Note from NurseGail.com: Just to be clear, no one food, including purple vegetables, will stave off heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. A balanced diet including a wide variety of foods contributes to positive outcomes.