Carrots come in a beautiful array of colours. They each have their own unique properties that make them healthy for our bodies! More specifically, its the colours or pigments of each type of carrot that bring awesome nutritional value to this crunchy veg. Here's a high level break down:
The OG Carrot (aka orange ones): They contain beta carotene which gives them the orange colour. Our bodies convert beta carotene to vitamin A which we use for eye health and immunity.
Red carrots: They get their red colour from lycopene, a pigment that's also found in watermelon and tomatoes. This phytonutrient is an amazing antioxidant and protects our bodies from free radicals that can cause cancer and other illnesses.
Purple carrots: These carrots contain anthocyanins, another super powerful antioxidant that attaches themselves to free radicles to prevent damage to our bodies. Anthocyanins are anti-inflammatory and gives our body additional vitamin A for healthy eyes, heart, lungs and kidneys.
Yellow carrots: Filled with xanthophylls and lutein, they also help maintain healthy eyes and have been shown to significantly reduce the risk for cataracts and age-related eye degeneration.
White carrots: Their nutritional benefits don't come from their colour because well...of their lack of colour! BUT, like all the other carrots, they are high in dietary fibre and help with healthy digestion and overall gut health.
I've always loved eating carrots, whether its on their own, in soups, with dips, or in dishes. Next time you buy these awesome veggies, try out the different colours and eat the rainbow!