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Black is the New...Black


You have heard about eating a wide variety of colors on your plate, but have you ever thought about eating black foods? Can you even think of any black foods?

Like other deeply colored foods, black foods can be very high in antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, depending on the food.

The most nutritious and popular of the black foods I can think of are black beans. You know I love beans, so of course black beans are at the top of my list! Black beans are a great source of soluble fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, and protein. Black beans go well with so many different dishes. Black beans and rice, black bean burrito, black bean soup, black bean and corn salad...the possibilities are endless!

Other black foods are harder to think of.....how about black mushrooms, black rice, black sesame seeds, black licorice, and black quinoa. For seasoning, think black vinegar and for a beverage try some black tea.

Why are black foods so popular right now? I guess they are just chic. Mintel Menu Insights reports that on trends in the food industry and they say black foods are taking restaurant menus by storm!

Enjoy your black foods...and black frosting doesn't count on an Over-the-hill birthday cake!

Photo of black rice courtesy of www.usarice.com
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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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