I’ve been on a bit of a carrot kick lately. I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet and cut back a little on my fruit intake, and, in the process, I’ve started eating carrots as part of my lunch every day.
I’m aware of some of the benefits carrots offer to those of us who consume them, but I wanted to do a little research in order to broaden my knowledge of this crunchy vegetable. It turns out carrots pack a far bigger punch than I initially thought, and I figured it’s worth sharing.
For example, carrots are “often claimed to be the perfect health food,” says an article via Healthline. These little guys are “a particularly good source of beta carotene, fibre, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants”, and they’re “a weight-loss-friendly food (that) have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health”, the website states. They also contain carotene antioxidant, which has been linked to reducing the risk of developing cancer.
Carrots are mainly composed of water and carbohydrates and contain minimal fat. They’re “a relatively good source of fibre, with one medium-sized carrot (61 grams) providing 2 grams”, and “they can also feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, which may lead to improved health and decreased risk of disease,” the article explains. As for vitamins and minerals, these orange bad boys contain Vitamin A, Biotin, Vitamin K1, Potassium, and Vitamin B6.
In regards to health benefits, “much of the research on carrots has focused on carotenoids” says the article. Through research, carrots have been identified as having the ability to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, lowering blood cholesterol, assisting with weight loss, and improving eye health.
It’s rather apparent from the above information that carrots, while they may be small, are certainly mighty. Add some to your diet today.
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