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The Perfect Purple Potato

Updated: Jul 5, 2020

A purple potato has more health benifits than you would think. Learn more by reading this article.

It is known by many that purple is the color of royalty. They couldn't have known, could they? Is this a mere coincidence or does this food really live up to its amazing color tone?

You may have heard of these vibrant veggies because of their dazzling purple hue, but did you know that purple potatoes actually have many health benifits? These nutrient-rich potatoes originated from the Purple Peruvian, an heirloom fingerling potato, but they're now popping up everywhere!

Research by the USDA Agricultural Research Service found out that the darker the skin color of the potato, the healthier it gets. In fact, potatoes with the darkest skin colors have been proven to have more than four times the amount of antioxidants found in your average potato.

What makes this food get its glorious skin tone? Anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is a flavonoid that gives many foods their blue or purple pigment. Anthocyanin has been shown to help fight cancer and memory loss, as well as boosting the immune system and helping your heart. I think we all can agree that these potatoes are certainly foods fit for royalty.

Want more? Check out The Chicago Tribune.

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