There are plenty of different fad diets that promise great results, yet very few actually live up to the hype.
One of the latest fad diets is the Purple Diet, which Mariah Carey is said to be a fan of.
What is the Purple Diet though and how can it help you achieve that slim body you have always dreamt of?
What is the Purple Diet?
Those who want to try the Purple Diet are only allowed to eat foods that are purple or dark red for a few days, which then allows you to experience the benefits of the antioxidants found in these purple foods.
The kinds of food you can eat include:
- Red onions
- Red apples
- Red cabbage
- Purple carrots
- Lilac cauliflower
Benefits of the Purple Diet
Many purple coloured fruits contain powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins that can help repair damaged cells and fight against the free radicals found within your body that can cause ageing and cancer.
These antioxidants can also help protect your heart and blood.
Blueberries for example are a great food for improved health as they are considered one of the top super-foods that offer numerous benefits including the ability to maintain blood sugar levels, which will prevent sugar high and lows that cause food cravings.
Purple Diet side effects
Eating a diet full of just purple foods may increase the amount of flatulence you have.
In addition focusing all your attention on just the one colour means you are missing out on so many other nutrients offered by other coloured foods.
For a healthy diet you really shouldn’t stick to just one colour, variety is the key to a healthy diet.
Is the Purple Diet recommended?
Although the Purple Diet has some health benefits, like so many other fad diets it is almost impossible to recommend as you are missing out on so many other nutrients.
Of course, it is a healthier option than eating junk food and takeaways, but it is certainly not the best option.
Dr Shawn Talbott, the author of The Vigor Diet, The New Science of Feeling Your Best had this to say about the Purple Diet:
“Purple foods are generally very healthy for us; berries, grapes, and fruits are high in potent antioxidants called flavonoids that are good for the heart, brain, and entire body.”
“I often encourage people to ‘eat a rainbow’ every day so they are actively trying to consume the widest range of colours for the most comprehensive antioxidant protection.”
Have you tried the Purple Diet, how did you find it? Would you recommend it? Let us know below.