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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

IFAFS: Pigment Power
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Pigment Power in Carrot Colors

How pigments promote good health

WHITE (PARENT CARROT)ORANGEPURPLE OUTSIDE
ORANGE INSIDE
REDYELLOW
white rootorange rootpurple rootred rootyellow root
Health benefit = no medicinal value from pigmentHealth benefit = Vitamin A essential for well-being, healthy eyesHealth benefit = Helps prevent heart disease from blood clotting, antioxidant ties up harmful free radicalsHealth benefit = Helps prevent cancerHealth benefit = develops healthy eyes and helps prevent cancer
Pigment = no pigmentPigment = beta carotenePigment = beta carotene and anthocyaninPigment = Lycopene (another form of carotene)Pigment = xanthophylls
Origin = Afghanistan, Iran, PakistanOrigin = Europe and Mid EastOrigin = Turkey, Mid and Far EastOrigin = India, ChinaOrigin = Mideast

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

They all taste the same!

Agricultural Research ServiceUnited States Department of Agriculture

January 10, 2003

Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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