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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) ORANGE PURPLE OUTSIDE
ORANGE INSIDE
RED YELLOW
white root orange root purple root red root yellow root
Health benefit = no medicinal value from pigment Health benefit = Vitamin A essential for well-being, healthy eyes Health benefit = Helps prevent heart disease from blood clotting, antioxidant ties up harmful free radicals Health benefit = Helps prevent cancer Health benefit = develops healthy eyes and helps prevent cancer
Pigment = no pigment Pigment = beta carotene Pigment = beta carotene and anthocyanin Pigment = Lycopene (another form of carotene) Pigment = xanthophylls
Origin = Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan Origin = Europe and Mid East Origin = Turkey, Mid and Far East Origin = India, China Origin = Mideast

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

They all taste the same!

Agricultural Research ServiceUnited States Department of Agriculture

January 10, 2003

Last Modified: 3/22/2005
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