Black foods, the color of nutritional health

Blackberries in containers, 2008.

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When we consume food, we rarely take into account the colors of the food product and how the variety in color translates into a variety of health benefits. We have been encouraged for years to consume a colorful variety of food in order to insure consumption of a wide range of vitamins and minerals. So what about black colored foods?

Black colored foods have been around for centuries and research is now showing a tremendous benefit from foods such as Black Beans, Black Rice, Black Vinegar, etc.

Here are a some examples of black foods and their benefits…

Black Vinegar. Produced in Japan from rice, studies show that the acetic acid in black vinegar may help improve blood circulation, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Black Beans. Rich in antioxidants and anthocyanins, which may have healthy benefits to eyesight, the nervous system and protection of blood vessels, most legumes are rich in fiber and will help the body regulate blood sugar. When rice and beans are combined they create a nearly complete protein with virtually no fat and no cholesterol.
Black Sesame Seeds. High in calcium, protein, iron, and magnesium. They not only are a good source of essential fatty acids and aid in blocking cholesterol production.

Black Rice. Unlike white rice, black rice, which is used to make black vinegar, is rich in anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. Black rice also contains more vitamin B, niacin, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc than white rice.

These are just a some of a list of many. Not mentioned were Blackberries, Black Soybeans and many more.  So next time you are in your local grocer, consider going black and with the obvious health benefits, you’re sure to never go back to a life without these great foods.


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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