Eat These 7 Healthy Purple Foods in Honor of World Cancer Day

Purple foods are very high in antioxidants, which can help prevent cancer

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Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants.

World Cancer Day is approaching on February 4, and it’s a time to think about “how everyone — as a collective or as individuals — can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.” It’s “a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action,” and like the color of breast cancer awareness is pink, wearing purple on this day is a great way to show your support. While you’re at it, you might as well eat some purple foods, too! Here are seven healthy purple foods you can eat in honor of World Cancer Day, along with our favorite recipes for them. And a fun fact: A purple hue in fruits and vegetables is caused by a type of flavonoid called anthocyanins, an antioxidant that boosts immunity and can help lower your risk of cancer and heart disease.

Eggplant is a great source of dietary fiber, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, niacin, folate, and chlorogenic acid.
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Bolognese with Wine
Eggplant Caponata
Smoky Eggplant Dip

Blueberries are absolutely loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, including calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamin K, fiber, and vitamin A.

Banana, Blueberry, and Pecan Pancakes
Blueberry & Yogurt Ice Pops
Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa Pudding
Vegan Blueberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

Grapes are loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, manganese, beta-carotene, and resveratrol.
Berry Grape Smoothie
Concord Grape Granita
Salad with Red Grapes and Feta
Tuna Salad with Grapes and Lemon Tarragon Dressing

Purple Cabbage
Purple (or red) cabbage contains high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, magnesium, and calcium; it’s also high in dietary fiber.
Bette's Braised Red Cabbage with Apple
Braised Red Cabbage
Pork Burgers with Thyme Mayo and Red Cabbage Crunch

Purple Potatoes
Thanks to their purple hue, purple potatoes contain four times the antioxidants of Russet potatoes.
Purple Potatoes with Rosemary and Caramelized Onions
Purple Potatoes Wrapped in Puff Pastry
Roasted Purple Potatoes and Red Onion

Plums are loaded with nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, B1, B2, B3, B6, vitamin E, potassium, fluoride, iron, calcium, and zinc.
Plum Galette
Pork Tenderloin with Warm Plum Salsa
Spinach Salad with Plums and Goat Cheese

Blackberries contain high levels of bioflavonoids and vitamin C, and their dark purple color means that they contain more antioxidants than nearly every other fruit.
Best Blackberry-Lemon Iced Tea
Blackberry-Citrus Salsa
Blackberry-Glazed Salmon
Blackberry-Lime Cornmeal Shortcakes
Blackberry Smoothie

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