COLUMBIA, S.C. - Deep purple eggplant, plums and blackberries. So elegant and regal in their coloring.
Each is plentiful in the produce aisle these days, and each offers a rich source of health-producing phytochemicals, or nutrients found in specific foods because of their hue. Deep purple and bluish foods are believed to lower the risk of some cancers, to improve urinary tract health and memory function and to help with the overall aging process.
"These foods contain plant properties . . . which have protective properties against a lot of disease," said Cristen Hester, dietetic intern with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.