Kaali Gajar: Surprising Benefits Of Black Carrots

Carrots are one of the most commonly eaten vegetables in India and when it is winter, carrots are a must. Winter season is incomplete without gajar ka halwa. Isn't it? For those who don’t know, carrots are not just orange and red, but it comes in different colours like white, yellow, and black. The black carrot is quite a rare carrot variety found in India and China. 

The variation in color is primarily due to the concentration of compounds found in the various types. The dark color of the purple and black varieties is because of the high concentration of anthocyanins while the orange and yellow carrots are high in beta-carotene and other active ingredients. Unlike their orange counterparts, black carrots are a little sweeter and have a subtle spicy aftertaste. More than their taste, black carrots are known for their ample health benefits. Wanna know it in detail? Have a look below. 

Promotes Healthier Vision 

Just like any other carrot, black carrots are great for the eyes. It has an anthocyanin compound that helps in getting rid of several eye illnesses and promotes fluid circulation around the retina capillaries which helps in keeping the eyes clean. As per some studies, black carrots are also called “the eye vitamin” and are also used as a preventive treatment for age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, etc.  

Aids Weight Loss 

Yes, you read that right. Because it is power-packed with ample vitamins and minerals, it can even help in losing weight if consumed moderately. Black carrots are also low in calories and are considered ideal for weight loss. They can be consumed for lunch, breakfast, dinner, or even as a healthy snack.  

High In Fiber 

Black carrots are high in fiber and thus, promote better digestion. Fiber is one such compound that helps in smoothening the digestion process and helps the body assimilate essential nutrients. It can also help stabilize blood glucose levels and lower blood cholesterol. It also prevents excessive eating by keeping hunger pangs at bay.  

Contains Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties 

The anthocyanins in black carrots have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can curb painful inflammatory conditions and even avoid long-term side effects. It is essential to consume the carrots raw in order to prevent losing essential nutrients. 

These were the health benefits you didn’t know about. You can have black carrots in any way you want. Be it in a form of salad or juice, it will do good for you. But for North India, black carrot means Kanji. Yes. It is a fermented drink made up of black carrots, mustard seeds, and other spices. Here’s the recipe for you!