Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland believe they may have uncovered a group of super foods with a unique thing in common – they’re all purple. The study, presented last week at the university’s Food as Medicine Forum, could be a big step towards solving the worldwide obesity problem.
According to research conducted by Professor Lindsay Brown and his associates at the University of Southern Queensland, purple foods such as the Queen Garnet plum, seaweed and purple carrots could provide a potential solution to a raft of health concerns, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Tests found that when these foods were introduced into a high fat, high sugar diet, they experienced weight loss. Professor Brown’s research also showed how consumption of these foods led to a decrease in abdominal fat pads, improved heart structure and function and better glucose uptake.
The study paid particular attention to the Queen Garnet plum, touted by Professor Brown and his colleagues as potentially the next super food.
More than anything though, the study and the forum offer the perfect excuse for researchers from different universities to meet, share research and collaborate, and ensure that university innovation continues to evolve to solve global problems.
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