Carrots: Adding More to Your Life Than Just Color
Not long ago, I bought these wonderful, colorful carrots. We always associate carrots with their color – orange. But these days, they come in a variety of deep reds, bright and pale yellows, whites, and even dark purples. Although these colorful carrots have been growing in other parts of the word, they are a novelty to the US markets.
Now we all know that orange carrots have wonderful nutritional benefits. But the benefits don't stop there. In fact, it applies to all colors of them!! Here’s a short run down for you:
Orange: Beta and alpha carotene pigment. This promotes vitamin A production by the body, which is essential for healthy eyes.
Purple: Anthocyanin, beta and alpha carotene pigment. Purple carrots typically have an orange core, and their pigment-related nutrients may provide additional vitamin A and prevent heart disease.
Red: Lycopene and beta-carotene pigment. Lycopene is the same red pigment that gives tomatoes their deep color and is linked to a lower risk of certain cancers, such as prostate cancer.
Yellow: Xanthophykks and lutein. Both are linked to cancer prevention and better eye health.
White: The nutrients don’t come from the pigment but from the fiber, which promotes healthy digestion.
You won’t find these carrots in your neighborhood markets – yet. However, oftentimes, you will find them in farmer’s markets and some fancier stores, such as Whole Foods or Fresh Market.
Next time you have a dinner party, be adventurous and serve your guests these wonderful carrots. You will impress them! (Both aesthetically, and in health benefits!)