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Food Facts: Carrots

The carrot is a root vegetable that some may consider the “perfect” health food. It is crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious! We are here to share the multiple key health benefits associated with eating this delicious vegetable. 

Rich in Vitamins and a good source of Antioxidants

Carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are also a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients present in plant-based foods. They help the body remove free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause cell damage if too many accumulate in the body.

Good for your vision 

Carrots contain vitamin A, and a vitamin A deficiency may result in xerophthalmia, a progressive eye disease. Xerophthalmia can cause night blindness or difficulty seeing when levels of light are low. Further, carrots also contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, and the combination of the two may help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a type of vision loss.

May reduce the risk of Cancer

Diets rich in carotenoids (yellow, orange, and red organic pigments present in carrots and other vegetables) may help protect against several types of cancer. This includes prostate, colon, and stomach cancers. 

Support Bone Health

Carrots contain vitamin K and small amounts of calcium and phosphorus. All of these contribute to bone health and may help prevent osteoporosis.

Aid with Weight Loss

As a low-calorie food, carrots can increase fullness and decrease calorie intake in subsequent meals. For this reason, they may be a useful addition to an effective weight loss diet.

May Help Control Diabetes

Carrots are a low-calorie, high-fiber food that is relatively low in sugar. For this reason, it scores low on the glycemic index (GI). This index can help people with diabetes understand which foods are likely to raise their blood sugar levels. 

Help Manage Blood Pressure 

The fiber and potassium in carrots may help manage blood pressure. Potassium helps relax the blood vessels, reducing the risk of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues.

 

All in all, adding Carrots to your veggie rotation has a serious amount of benefits! 

 

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