The history of carrots can be traced back 5000 years; and since then they are known as one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. They are grown in a variety of colors but the most common is orange. This root vegetable is a source of antioxidants. It is rich in vitamins like vitamin A; vitamin C and vitamin K. They contain dietary fiber that is essential for good health and digestion.
Raw carrots 100 Grams:
- Calories 42
- Water 88%
- Protein 0.9 g
- Carb 9.6 g
- Sugar 4.8 g
- Fiber 2.8 g
- Fat 0.2 g
Health benefits of carrots
- Prevents heart disease as it lowers the cholesterol. They are high in calcium, which helps to lower the bad cholesterol in the body.
- They are high in potassium, which is helpful in reducing blood pressure.
- They are rich in beta-carotene that is powerful phytonutrient, which boosts immune system.
- Vitamin A deficiency can lead to weaken your eyesight. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A that improves eyesight.
- They are low in carbohydrates and low on glycemic index that helps to regulate the blood sugar level.
- Helps reduce weight as carrots are low in calories.
- They contain beta-carotene that is skin friendly component converted into vitamin A inside our body that helps to achieve healthy skin
- As carrots are rich in vitamin A they are believed to fight inflammation in the body.
- They increase the flow of cleansing saliva that gives your mouth a fresh feeling and helps to improve oral health.
I eat a cup of grated raw carrots with 1Tbs of fresh squeezed lemon juice every day and enjoy all the benefits mentioned above. If you want to maintain good health then you should add them in your diet. You can eat them raw, boiled or steamed to get maximum health benefits rather than oil-cooked ones.