Multi-Hued Carrots Offer A Wide Variety of Health Benefits

Article ID: 561440

Released: 16-Feb-2010 5:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Newswise — Orange carrots are highly revered and regarded as “good for you” vegetables but a review from Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety describes carrots of the purple and red variety and suggest they offer just as much nutritional benefit.

The review published by the Institute of Food Technologists offers insight on the nutritional value of carrots of all colors stating that the greatest benefits of this food are the phytochemical content and fiber. Carotenoids are compounds that are responsible for the multi-hues of carrots ranging from yellow to orange and red. Anthocyanins give the purple carrots their bluish-red hue.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin - Madison suggest that:

o Red carrots provide the antioxidant lycopene. o Yellow carrots may serve as an alternative bioavailable source of lutein.o Dark orange carrots have more concentrated beta carotene which might assist people who are at risk for vitamin A deficiency.o Purple carrots have similar bioavailability of beta carotene as orange carrots.

The review authors detail that carrots have an impact on overall health and disease prevention including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and satiety.

Carrots are a functional food that plays a role in optimal health according to lead author Sara Arscott. “Understanding the bioavailability of carrots nutrients will help researchers determine how to best help a population in need.”

To read the full study, visit: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/123287497/PDFSTART

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