New ingredient alert! Rainbow carrots. A few weeks ago, my friend brought these to a dinner party we had, and I’ve been so intrigued since. I really love to add tons of color to my dishes, and rainbow carrots make that so easy. They taste just like regular carrots, except they come in an amazing amount of different shades like purple, green and yellow.
Here’s a breakdown of what these means for the nutrients in the carrots:
- 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.