The Power of Carrots

By Karen Ambrosio / Photography By Amy Robb | Last Updated March 15, 2017
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To get the most vitamins and nutrients, choose dark and colorful carrots the next time you cook.

These root vegetables are well-known for helping with eyesight, but don’t underestimate their additional benefits! 

Carrots can do much more for your health. In nature, the more colorful a fruit or vegetable, the more anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties it has, so the next time you cook with carrots, choose the darker, more colorful options - like purple carrots, which are packed with healthy pigments. Purple carrots have high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which protect against colon cancer, relieve rheumatoid arthritis and even help prevent varicose veins. White carrots, on the other hand, have few pigments and therefore fewer health properties. Wondering what to do with those fresh carrots you just picked up at the market? Try one of the recipes below!

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Red Lentil Carrot Soup

Red Lentil and Carrot Soup
Take advantage of carrot season and make this creamy vegan soup for an easy mid-week dinner.

Carrot Top Pesto Tartines

Don’t throw away those carrot top greens! Instead, make pesto and tartines.

Sorghum-Glazed Carrots

Sorghum Glazed Carrots close up on a plate
Not too long ago, Sorghum, or sorghum molasses, was a staple sweetener in the South. It can be found in most grocery or health food stores.

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