Carotenes get their name from, you guessed it, carrots! Just like squashes, its these compounds that give this veg their characteristic hue. Evidence shows that these compounds can help to filter out harmful UV rays and protect the delicate cells our eyes from damage. In research by Suttons and Exeter University, Octavo had the highest carotene levels of all the carrots tested, with 120%.
Why grow and eat a rainbow? The dazzling colours of fruit and vegetables are given to them by a range of natural compounds which can be beneficial to health. In fact, research has shown that diets rich in these colourful crops may reduce the risk of a whole range of diseases, from heart disease to cancer. That’s why doctors and dietitians recommend we ‘Eat a Rainbow’. To help you on your way, we have researched hundreds of varieties to find those with the very highest levels of these nutrients.
James Wong has spent 2 years trawling through over 3,000 research papers to learn how to boost the nutrition in selected plants and has written a book called ‘How to Eat better’ which includes practical tips and tricks.
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