Day 158: Carrots

“Have you ever seen a purple carrot? How about white, yellow, red or black? Most people haven’t, even though such carrots have existed for hundreds of years. They are available in good health food stores, often called “Rainbow Packs”. Carrots do not have to be orange. As a matter of fact, the orange carrot is a relative newcomer on the scene. Carrots were originally either purple or white. Selection and hybridization in the 16th century brought us the vitamin-packed orange carrot we know today. But carrots are now in the process of becoming more colourful once again. Today, in both markets and seed catalogues, you can find not only orange carrots, but red, yellow, white and purple varieties. With new research that points out the value of the micronutrients in various vegetable pigments, it is undoubtedly good to eat a variety of colours of carrots.” To read more click here

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    • Great question! One I wondered about myself. Thanks to TIME here is the answer to your question. πŸ™‚

      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.

      More here: http://healthland.time.com/2013/08/20/eat-this-now-rainbow-carrots/

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      • Wow > What a great surprise checking out my replies and comments to find such great info. Unfortunately where I am, they don’t have such shops and organic is usually non-organic. I could definitely do with some yellow ones!

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