start eating purple @rareseeds #anthocyanin

excellent piece by shannon mccabe @rareseeds read it http://www.rareseeds.com/start-eating-purple/
b
oth my high schools were purple, but that’s irrelevant
right president’s college & central islip people? 🙂

America’s industrial food system has waged war on our most fundamental means of nourishing ourselves. Vegetables once celebrated for their nutritional content have been stripped of their superfood status and reduced to merely a flavorless vessel for pesticides. Supermarket produce aisles are bursting at the seams with these sad vestiges of a war waged on healthy produce. Factory farming has robbed the people of their most basic and affordable medicine: healthy food. For thousands of years, humans have harnessed the nutritional powers of food to prevent and cure disease. America’s food oligarchy is bent on high yields and pesticide resistance with a blatant disregard for nutritional content. Grow your own nutrient-dense, heirloom vegetables, or seek them out at the farmers’ market; it will be the most rewarding act of treason imaginable.

It’s time to approach the garden as a pharmacy. Here at Baker Creek, we are celebrating our favorite antioxidant: anthocyanin. This cancer- fighting compound is responsible for the blue and purple pigment in fruits and veggies. Anthocyanin has been shown to aid in healthy aging, to prevent and fight certain cancers, and to protect against cardiovascular disease. Anthocyanin rich foods are lauded for their ability to help prevent age-related mental decline and to enhance the memory. Fortunately, this naturally occurring panacea won’t cost you 50 dollars a bottle or cause any scary side effects. In fact, this beneficial pigment is found occurring naturally in many heirloom vegetable varieties.

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