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 few examples of black foods and their benefits…
Black Vinegar is 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 are 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 are high in calcium, protein, iron, and magnesium. They not only are a good source of essential fatty acids and aid in blocking cholesterol production.
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 few 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.
By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT.
Rich is the Fitness Development Manager and a Fitness Coach at Fitcorp Asia, Thailand’s leading personal training, sports performance and corporate wellness organization. With a Bachelors degree in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters in Sports Management from The University of San Francisco, Rich has over 10 years of experience in Fitness, Sports Performance, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. Rich and other coaches from Fitcorp Asia can be contacted via email at email@example.com.