Purple Carrots – They DO exist!

Call me crazy… the other day at a tradeshow it was winding down to the end. There weren’t as many shoppers, and we were waiting for the set time to start packing up. I usually take this time to sit down and drink a V8 Fusion fruit drink, to give me a little extra pep during that whole tear-down, load-up process.

So I was sitting down, drinking, and decided to read the ingredients. Yes, I was that bored. Fruit juices, carrots, purple carrots, apples… whoa! What did that say? Purple carrots? I looked again. Yes, I read that right. One of the ingredients was purple carrots. I can’t believe V8 allowed a typo! So I did a search for purple carrots just to confirm my suspicions that they made a mistake and lo and behold I found information regarding purple carrots!

Nope – those aren’t turnips.

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Purple carrots are real in fact what you are about to learn is some of the coolest stuff I’ve come across in a while.

  • ALL carrots used to be purple!!
  • The Dutch cultivated them to become orange – what were they thinking?
  • Some carrots are red, yellow, white and pink! (How cool is that???) Pink and purple carrots, I think my childhood dream of colors that should be mixed together has just come true!
  • Not only does it have vitamin A and beta carotene…
  • The purple color comes from anthocyanin pigments (an antioxidant compound)

It’s a Super Food!!

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Studies have found that these blue and purple pigments can improve memory, enhance vision, protect against heart attacks, act as anti-inflammatories and even help control weight.

WHY CAN WE NOT FIND THESE IN THE GROCERY STORE?!?!?

What else don’t we know about?

Purple potatoes, purple bell peppers, purple string beans, purple tomatoes, purple corn, purple snow peas and purple cauliflower…

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YES THOSE TOO EXIST!!!

Imagine if your mom would have said, eat your purple vegetables? No mushy green, squishy orange or boring white – purple is the color of candy, Barney and flowers.

Then lets go a crazy step further – it is actually possible to turn your skin a shade of orange by massively over consuming orange carrots – I can’t imagine a boy on the planet that wouldn’t want to eat his purple carrots to see if he turns purple!

All of that – at the end of a tradeshow… I love my life!

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    October 4, 2014    

    Wow! “Bonk!” I could’ve had a V8! I will now be on the lookout for high antioxidant purple vegetables! Antioxidants help destroy free radicals, and are also known to have cancer-fighting properties! Colors are good, but the darker, the better. Let’s all savor the color purple!

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