In the much-anticipated announcement of the color of the year for 2020, Pantone® selected Classic Blue, citing the color’s ability to bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, re-center one’s thoughts and foster resilience.
Research suggests there’s more to that statement than how the color makes people feel. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, color is indicative of different types of phytonutrients they contain.
Phytonutrients are naturally occurring nutrients found in the plants we eat. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in blue and purple fruits and vegetables support several defense and protective mechanisms in our bodies and may make us more resilient to the kinds of stress we encounter in everyday life.
The power of blue
The folks at Pantone® recognize that, too, noting that blue foods are rich in anthocyanins, part of the flavonoid group of phytonutrients.
“With this relationship to wellness and self-care these blue foods help to build a solid foundation, acting as a form of protection for good health,” the Pantone® announcement stated.
Blue fruits and vegetables could use the added exposure that Pantone® brings, too. According to the Global Phytonutrient Report, of the five main colors of fruits and vegetables, blue and purple is the least consumed by people across the world.
Add more blue to your diet
So now is a great time to add a little more blue and purple to your life. Need some tips? We’ve got you covered. Read How to get more blue and purple foods in your diet for some ideas.