Carrots And Nutrition

What’s up doc? The carrot, for one. These snappy, tasty, orange treats not only make a great snack, they are quite good for you. But what makes carrots a healthy food, and what should you know about carrots and nutrition? Read on.

Most people associate carrots with healthy eyes. Perhaps your mom told you to eat your carrots so that you would be able to see well. Was that just a ploy? Well, no. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, and vitamin A is important for the retina so that you can see vibrant colors and in low light conditions. Carrots are indeed good for your eyes.

Carrots reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, vegetables that are orange have been found to be a good source of protection, and carrots, with their deep orange color, are among the best.

Carrots are rich in antioxidants, namely beta-carotene. It is because of these anti-oxidants that carrots may help to reduce the risk of certain cancers. They have many other antioxidants as well, so eat up.

When it comes time to eat carrots you don’t really need to worry about the preparation method, but some may be better than others. You can’t go wrong with raw carrots, but if you want them hot, consider steamed carrots vs. boiled carrots. Steaming carrots tends to leave more of the good stuff intact so that you can benefit from these healthy treats. In fact, the beta-carotene in carrots is minimally impacted when carrots are steamed, so the antioxidants will still be there.

Carrots are easy to add to your diet. Raw carrots make a great snack at work or in the afternoon. Leave the dip out of it though or you will be adding unnecessary fat and calories. Carrots go with almost any hot dish, soup, or stew, as well as many casseroles, so it will be a popular addition to your favorite dishes.

Increase your carrot intake now to start enjoying the nutrition that carrots have to offer.

Lessons Learned:

  • carrots are rich in vitamin A which is good for your eyes
  • carrots are full of antioxidants and reduce the risk of cancers and cardiovascular disease
  • carrots are best raw or steamed
  • carrots are easy to snack on or add to your favorite dishes

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