Carrots are a crunchy powerhouse that is extremely rich in Vitamin A and provides a wide range of other health benefits. It contains high amount of beta-carotene which gives it the characteristics of bright orange colour. This chemical compound found in carrots are partly metabolized into Vitamin A during digestion and this process can be greatly improved by cooking or pulping.
Not only that, it is also one of the most commonly eaten food with a wide range of preparation methods. It can be eaten raw as a snack, salad, juiced, cooked etc. Carrots are usually crisp and sweet when raw and soft and moist when cooked.
Type: An edible root vegetable
Preparation: Raw, Cooked or Pickled
5 Reasons Why Rabbits Adore Them and So Should You
- Great for Your Eyes
Vitamin A is like the heart and soul for your vision. Lack in Vitamin A can cause some difficulty in seeing under a dim light. The beta-carotene rich content of the carrots helps to convert to Vitamin A in the liver during digestion and aid in improving eyesight as well as preventing conditions like night blindness or dry eyes.
- Makes You Look Younger
Antioxidant such as beta-carotene helps in reducing the cell damage that occurs in the body through regular metabolism. As well as providing some protection of the skin from the damage of sunlight. Vitamin A is one of the main components in preventing premature wrinkling and a younger looking skin.
- Prevent Heart Disease / Ease High Blood Pressure
Low bad cholesterol level and a relaxed cardiovascular system is one of the best formula for a healthy heart. Carrots are rich in potassium content, which is essential for relaxing the tension in your blood vessels and arteries. Improvement of blood flow and circulation throughout the body reduces the stress in the cardiovascular system and thus regulating the blood pressure in the body.
- Boost Immune Systems
Carrots are a great source of Vitamin C which help to boost our immunity system. Not only that, a carrot also contain a great number of antiseptic and antibacterial abilities that makes it to be one of the most ideal food to help boost our immunity system. It is truly one vegetable that packs a punch.
Carrots have a significant amount of dietary fibres which is one of the most important elements in maintaining a great digestive system. The fibre content helps our stool to pass through the digestive tract smoothly which greatly helps in reducing the severity of conditions such as constipation.
Where you can get them?
Carrots can be found at almost everywhere, not only it is easy to get, it is also rather cheap. You can usually find them in Supermarkets or some Wet Market Stalls. One of the ways I like to eat them is as snacks, washed and uncooked. Just take note, once you start eating them as snacks, you may get addicted. Alternatively, you may like to prepare them cooked or pulped to maximize the nutritional benefits of carrots.