Helm notes that in some cultures, black foods are considered a sign of good health. For example, she writes that in Chinese medicine, food colors are linked to specific body organs. In that case black food realtes to kidney health.
Again cribbing from her article, black and dark foods are colored by anthrocyanins, a class of natural plant pigments that are also at work in cherries and blueberries. Studies suggest that these anti-oxidants may have anti-inflammatory properties and may offer some protection against cancer and heart disease.
Black is Beautiful
Try these at your next meal
Black beans- great in a salad, hearty winter soup, or if you're not inclined to mess up your kitchen, a burrito from Chipotle or your favorite Mexican joint.
Black vinegar- available at Asian markets, as are products made with black squid ink
Blackberries- the kind you eat
Black nigella- or fennel, seeds, available at Indian marketsBlack carrots- yes! Sort of. Click to see a rainbow of carrots