06 October, 2011
5 Things You Need to Know About Vitamins in Carrots
Crunch Your Vitamins
Carrots have a large amount of vitamins and nutrients, and are an important part of any healthy diet. Carrots are extremely high in both Vitamin A and Beta-carotene, which are rarely available in such potent amounts from other fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A is beneficial to eye, cell, and skin health, which means it benefits strong teeth, regulates gland functioning, and benefits eyesight. Carrots are also very high in essential minerals like calcium, potassium and iron, among many.
Fight Disease and Illness
Studies have shown that the Vitamin A in carrots is better absorbed with the addition of healthy fats in the diet, so strive to eat carrots combined with a fat source. Try adding chopped carrot to home-made fresh guacamole (avocado), sprinkling grilled carrot slices with chopped pecans (nuts), or adding as a side to salmon or mackerel. Another large benefit of eating carrots is their high calcium content, which is good for bone health or those suffering from osteoporosis. In addition, carrots are a helpful source of dietary fiber (which helps you feel full for longer periods of time), as well as a potent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants and B-complex vitamins contained in carrots have been shown to fight free-radicals in daily living, which in turn can prevent a wide range of chronic diseases and cancers. Moreover, sources at www.whfoods.com state that the "carotenoids in carrots may be beneficial to blood sugar regulation," which is helpful for the regulation of diabetes.
Keep It Tasty
If eating carrots is simply unappetizing, then try making the experience easier by processing fresh carrots in a juicer. Fresh carrot juice or carrot smoothies will provide all essential vitamins and nutrients for maximum health, but can taste good too. According to www.living-foods.com, carrot juice is especially recommended for woman trying to conceive or who are already expecting, because the Vitamin E and A in carrots are beneficial to reproduction and healthy pregnancies.
Enjoy With Less Calories
Carrots are naturally low in calories, which means that 1 cup of raw carrots is only 52 calories, while an individualized package of baby carrots is typically only 32 calories. Due to the low calorie and fat content of carrots (but the high fiber and nutrient content) carrots are an ideal snack for those watching their weight or seeking healthy nutrition. Try dipping baby carrots in a protein-rich snack such as fresh hummus, or pureeing carrots into mashed potatoes or pasta sauce. Keep in mind that, although carrots are beneficial when eaten raw, baked, or grilled, any vegetable that is prepared with fatty sauces, brown sugars, or butter is no longer deemed nutritious. Try to enjoy carrots plain, pureed, or in juice format, and skip the unhealthy additions.
Don't Turn Yellow
It is important to remember that when it comes to carrots, there is such a thing as "too much of a good thing." Due to the high carotene content of carrots, eating above the recommended serving size per day can result in the yellowing of the eyes and even the eventual yellowing of the skin. However, the majority of the population ingests too few servings of carrots rather than too many, so simply strive to eat a healthy serving of carrots along with a varied, colorful diet.
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