Vegetables For Vitality—Spotlight On The Health Benefits Of Carrots

In this blog, I wanted to spotlight the health benefits of carrots.

Carrots

Carrots are a popular root vegetable that are enjoyed by many people around the world. That’s not surprising, given the fact that they are easy to grow and have a sweet, appealing taste. Carrots are packed with healthy nutrients too, that are good for you and promote a variety of healthy bodily functions. Some nutrients found in carrots include vitamins A, C and K. Other nutrients include potassium, iron, manganese, copper and fiber. Carrots additionally are a good source of beta carotene, which is important for eye health, immunity and healthy skin. Carrots contain a host of other healthful benefits as well.

Health Benefits Of Carrots

Boosts Immunity:
Carrots are rich in vitamin C, which helps boost our white blood cells. They also have antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which help prevent and fight illnesses that you are exposed to on a daily basis.
vitamin C

Helps Prevent Cancer:
Studies show that carrots help prevent certain types of cancers including lung, breast and colon cancer. Carrots contain antioxidants, as well as carotenoids, which have protective properties and may help our body fight off cancer formation. Now there’s a good reason to munch on this sweet vegetable.
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Aids in Digestion:
Like kale, beets and other vegetables, carrots have a significant amount of fiber, which helps fill you up and triggers satiety. They also add bulk and substance, which helps aid in digestion, prevent constipation and the prevention of colon and stomach cancer.
Carrots and fiber

Helps Improve Vision:
You may have heard that eating carrots are good for your eyes. That’s right. Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which turns to vitamin A in your liver. It’s the vitamin A that helps promote good vision and helps with night vision. Additionally, beta carotene found in carrots helps prevent macular degeneration and formation of cataracts as you age.
eyes

Promotes Healthy Skin:
Carrots contain a variety of antioxidants, which help protect the skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Eating carrots helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles, as well as the prevention of dry skin. You may notice that some lotions and facial products contain carrot seed oil, for this very reason.
Healthy Skin

Ways To Include Carrots In Your Diet

Snacks
Like celery, carrots are great for snacking. Carrots have a crunchy texture and sweet taste that make them appealing to many people  Their high fiber content, helps make you feel full and satisfied, as well. In my book, Wholey Cow A Simple Guide To Eating And Living, available on Amazon, I talk a little about adding more sweet vegetables, such as carrots in your diet. Sweet vegetables are good for you and can help provide a boost of nutrients to your daily intake. They can also help satisfy other cravings for sweets, so go ahead and grab a few carrots and other sweet vegetables to munch on.
healthy snack

Juice
If you are a person who likes to make juice, you can easily add carrots to your morning mix with some other healthy vegetables, to help kick-start your day. You can also keep some juice on hand in your refrigerator to drink throughout the day, or evening, for an extra boost of vitamins.
Carrot Juice

Cooking
Many people enjoy cooking with carrots and add them to soups, stews and an assortment of recipes. You can also serve them alone, or add them to salads to help boost your nutrient intake for the day.
Soup with carrots

Thanks for reading!

Barb

P.S. If you want to learn more about about eating healthy and living a healthy life-style, make sure you grab a FREE chapter of my book to preview.

Source:

“10 Impressive Benefits of Carrots.” Organic Facts, 12 Nov. 2017, www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/carrots.html.

Babcock, Jillian. “7 Carrot & Carrot Juice Benefits.” Dr. Axe, 9 Aug. 2017, draxe.com/carrot-juice/.

“10 Benefits of Carrots – the Crunchy Powerfood.” Real Food For Life, 29 Oct. 2017, www.realfoodforlife.com/10-benefits-of-carrots-the-crunchy-powerfood/.

 

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