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The One Rainbow Food You Should Be Eating

Cooking Light logo Cooking Light 9/11/2017 Hayley Sugg
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In a world of unicorn lattes and mermaid toast, it's sometimes easy to associate ultra colorful foods with artificial dyes. But nature has a bounty of color-rich fruits and vegetables to satisfy your desire for bright meals (and beautiful Instagram shots).

While perusing the produce section at your local grocery store, you may have noticed the newest rainbow trend: rainbow baby carrots. Available in shades of orange, yellow, red, white, and purple, these veggies are sure to pep up any dinner plate. Mostly available in 12 oz. bags, these tiny jewel-toned carrots are perfect for snacking or roasting to create a wow-worthy side dish.

Regular orange carrots are packed with nutrients, but colorful versions contain a larger variety of vitamins:

  • Orange boasts beta and alpha carotene pigment to promote vitamin A production.
  • Yellow contains lutein and xanthophykks, which are linked to eye health and preventing cancer.
  • Red has beta-carotene and lycopene, which both lower the risk of certain cancers.
  • Purple is rich in anthocyanin, plus beta and alpha carotene pigment, which may help prevent heart disease and boost vitamin A production.
  • White is the least nutrient-dense variety, but still packs a large dose of fiber to promote healthy digestion.

Gallery: The Healthiest Food from Every Color of the Rainbow (Provided by Reader's Digest) Red: Pomegranate: <p>Strong antioxidants called polyphenols are one of the main ways pomegranates have earned their 'superfood' title. In fact, pomegranate juice contains even more polyphenols than green tea or red wine. Research shows those antioxidants could protect against kidney disease, tooth plaque, and <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/high-cholesterol-diet/1/">high cholesterol</a>. But the benefits don’t end there. Pomegranates also contain almost 20 percent of your daily <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/potassium-deficiency/1/">potassium needs</a>, which is even more than you’d find in a banana. Potassium—one of the four nutrients the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans calls out as under-consumed—keeps your heartbeat normal and helps build muscle. Check out more of the <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/healthiest-fruits/1/">world's healthiest fruits</a>.</p> The Healthiest Food from Every Color of the Rainbow

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