Mother nature sure does have its ways of providing good to those that live on her land, and rainbow carrots are just one of the many little treasures that she has to offer. These beauties aren’t just pretty to look at, but they’re also packed with lots of nutrition making them super beneficial for you. Not only that, but they make a great addition to any salad or stew or as a standalone side dish to the main course.
Carrots, in all colors, are a good source of vitamin C with a good sized carrot containing as much as 20% of your daily intake of Vitamin C. Carrots also boast having at least 4 grams of fiber per cup. Additionally, carrots also are a good source of vitamin K and potassium. There are typically 4 different colored carrots that make up the rainbow carrot family: purple, red, yellow and orange.Let’s take a look at the benefits of each one:
Purple carrots get their color from an anti-inflammatory antioxidant called anthocyanin, also found in blueberries – giving them their distinctive color. Anthocyanin is incredibly beneficial because it helps to slow down the aging process. This pigment is believed to improve memory, enhance vision, control one’s weight, and a good preventative against heart attacks.
Red carrots contain an antioxidant similar to that found in tomatoes, called lycopene, one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world and a good agent for preventing cancer and fighting against toxins. Lycopene is also known to be good for one’s brain and helps improve the heart.
Yellow carrots contain what is known as lutein, which helps fight macular degeneration (vision loss). Eating these carrots will be helpful in the development of healthy eyes. Yellow carrots also contain a plan based nutrient called Xanthophylls, where one of its primary benefits is keeping one’s reproductive system strong.
Orange carrots have linked to helping fight colon cancer due to its source of a phytonutrient called falcarinol. These carrots also contain beta and alpha carotene pigment which promotes vitamin A production in the body (also making it great maintaining healthy eyes).
Adding these carrots to your diet will certainly improve your overall health. Not only are they pretty to look at, but they make a great addition to any dish! Take a look at a few of these sample dishes all made using rainbow carrots: