Nutritional Value of White Carrot - Knowledgebase Question

Skandia, MI
Question by MykB
September 29, 2000
While harvesting carrots, I pulled one that was almost white. What, if any, nutritional value is there in it and what is the probability of getting a white carrot?


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Answer from NGA
September 29, 2000

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Essentially, all carrots, regardless of color, contain valuable nutrients. A white carrot in an otherwise yellow field simply indicates a freak a nature. According to researchers at Ohio State University, yellow carrots contain xanthophylls, pigments similar to beta carotene, which help develop healthy eyes and may prevent lung and other cancers. Red carrots contain lycopene, a pigment also found in tomatoes and watermelon; lycopene helps prevent heart disease and some cancers including prostate cancer. Purple carrots contain anthocyanins, pigments that act as powerful antioxidants, grabbing and holding on to harmful free radicals in the body. Anthocyanins also help prevent heart disease by slowing blood clotting. White carrots lack pigment, but may contain other health-promoting substances called phytochemicals, and certainly will supply you with fiber.

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