Black Foods: Trendy and Healthy?

Is black the new green? If we’re talking about superfoods, it’s sounding like the answer to that question is a definite yes!

A popular post from Health.Com, a section of Huffpost Health, the Huffington’s Post’s health news blog, addresses the black foods trend, claiming that although “green veggies have long been hailed as the go-to good-for-you food…dark fruits, veggies, and grains are nutritional powerhouses, too.” black foods

Cy Lee, Ph.D., a professor of food chemistry at Cornell University, said, “black foods have more antioxidants than light-colored foods because of their higher pigment content.” Those plant pigments, or anthocyanins, may lower your risk for health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

With the black foods trend still going, there are options out there for every palate — from familiar standbys, like black beans, to the new and novel, like black garlic. Unlike other recent food trends, such as bacon for dessert or supersize portions, black foods seem to be one of those rare food trends with real, scientifically-supported health benefits. So why not try it out at home?

10 Black Foods You Can Try Today:

  1. Black Lentils
  2. Black Quinoa
  3. Black Garlic
  4. Black Mushrooms (Shiitake)
  5. Black Wild Rice
  6. Blackberries
  7. Black Beans
  8. Black Tea
  9. Black Cumin Seed Oil
  10. Black Chia Seeds