Many of my previous articles have focused on cacao. Today, I want to talk about a class of chemical compounds called anthocyanins. The acai berry is rich in anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant. Remember, cacao and acai are the dynamic duo in XO dark chocolate.
Red, orange, purple, and blue plants get their pigmentation from anthocyanins, as well as the russet, gold, and magenta autumn leaves we see around Punta Gorda. It’s not hard to imagine that vibrant anthocyanin-rich foods like red bell peppers, blackberries, and purple cabbage are healthy – they appear to be bursting with nutrients. You can find anthocyanin foods in any Port Charlotte grocery store. Just look for deeply colored fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, cranberries, currants, red onions, egg-plant and the purple sweet potato.
Active SW Florida folks who work out regularly may be interested to know that anthocyanins may reduce muscle stiffness, increase blood flow, and reduce inflammation. Punta Gorda people at risk for communicable illnesses can benefit from antioxidants because they have been shown to strengthen the immune system. Anthocyanins are also believed to benefit vision and aid in weight loss.
XO food scientists have reformulated each XO product to create the most nutritious line of health chocolates available anywhere. See www.mxicorp.com to view the ORAC scores for the new formulations.
You can order anthocyanin-rich XO (say that three times fast!) by calling me, Lynette Henk at 941-216-5727.