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During your childhood memories, you might have suffered dealing with those orange-colored enemies. But did you know these carrots are good for your health? That it is loaded with evidenced-based health benefits?
Carrots (Daucus carota) are mostly served as cubes, mashed, and even in strips. Even served as side-dish or extra ingredients to various cuisines. A yummy root veggie for everyone’s hungry tummy.
So what can carrot offer aside from being a common veggie? Let’s get straight to the point. Carrots are not only healthy, it is super healthy.
Did you know that carrot is also a superfood? Yep, a carrot is a perfect health food. Who says? A lot of scientific research claims prove carrot as one of the best veggies you can eat. No time to be picky guys. After all, it’s all for your health.
Carrots are highly nutritious. It’s loaded with beta-carotene, vitamins, antioxidants, and is rich in fiber. This root veggie is also a great weight loss superfood for those who wish to shed some extra weight. And believe me or not, that’s only a few of carrot’s awesome health benefits.
So without further ado, here are eight amazing research-based health benefits of carrots. As well as great reasons why you should add it to your diet.
1. Loaded With Vitamins and Minerals
Chewy carrots are loaded with dietary vitamin A, vitamin C, as well as a little amount of vitamin B-complex. This is one of the reasons why physicians especially the good ones, encourage eating proper food than chugging vitamin pills.
Carrots are also a good source of minerals. It has calcium which is good for the bones. It contains Iron (not that ore) which is needed in the production of healthy red blood cells. Carrots are also rich in magnesium. An important mineral for regulating muscle and nerve functions, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.
2. Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Let’s look at what can your orange-colored buddies do to help your heart. Carrots are very rich in antioxidants which helps your heart function better.
Research published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed the benefits of carrots on your heart. Carrots offer heart protection by significantly decreasing cholesterol in your liver. It was also observed that adding a carrot to your diet can reduce the level of liver triglycerides.
Hey, that’s really good news for your heart if you ask me.
3. Lowers Risk of Cancer
Yes, you have read it perfectly right. Eating, drinking, or whatever way you consume a carrot can lower your risk of acquiring cancer.
The antioxidants within the carrots fight against harmful free radicals in your body. In turn, making you less likely to get cancer.
A published study from the well-known journal, Nutrients, acknowledged the plausible cancer-preventive role of eating carrots. The study showed that carrots are a good source of polyacetylenic oxylipins falcarinol and falcarindiol. These two key bioactive compounds in carrots have anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory activity.
So don’t ignore those carrots. After all, it’s cheap as compared to that eye-popping medical bill. So eat carrots. Not a bad deal right?
4. Awesome for Your Eyes
I know, I know. You’ve been probably nagged by your mom that carrots are good for the eyes. Believe it or not, they are not lying just to make you eat this veggie. What they’re claiming is true. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and lutein which protect and keep your eyes healthy.
So does carrot improve my vision? Under certain conditions, the answer is a big fat yes. The vitamin A in carrots helps your eyes convert light into signals before transmitting the information to your brain. Simply put, it helps you see better in the dark.
People who suffer from a high-level deficiency of vitamin A can make your cornea disappear. Scary right? Ever heard of the eye disease xerophthalmia also known as night blindness? It is simply caused by a lack of vitamin A – something every carrot has. Now eat your carrots.
5. Promote Weight Loss
For our weight-conscious friends out there, I have good news for you. Rejoice. Carrots can promote weight loss and its proven by science.
A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition bore interesting findings. Adding vegetables such as carrot into your diet leads to sustained weight loss. Yes, you have read it right. The word sustained is included.
Carrots also have a high satiety level, keeping you away from excessive eating. Heck, carrots are also good keto food. Even so, do limit your intake since it has a fair amount of carbs.
6. Promotes Healthy and Beautiful Skin
Carrots contain vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, and lycopene which can promote healthy skin. Evidence suggests that beta-carotene and lycopene can offer protection against sunburn and ultraviolet light-mediated damage.
Eating carrots also help you against skin sagging and wrinkles. So if your friend asks you why you have such beautiful skin. Tell them, “I eat carrots.” No preservatives and all-natural. Awesome right?
7. Helps in Controlling Diabetes
For diabetic patients, this is very welcome news. Believe it or not, science tells us that eating carrots can help you manage diabetes.
A study published on the Preventive Nutrition and Food Science tells us that carrot is good for diabetics. They’ve done their study on diabetic-induced rats. It showed that adding a carrot to one's diet can help in significantly lowering blood glucose levels.
Evidence also suggests that the beta-carotene, vitamin A, and fibers within that orange-colored goodie can lower your diabetic risk.
8. Keeps Your Bones Healthy
Carrots contain potassium and calcium. These two important minerals are responsible for bone development and overall bone health. It can even help you lower your risk of osteoporosis.
In most cases, we have no to little knowledge about carrots. And now that you know the health benefits of carrots, you’ll get more convincing reasons to eat it when you see it. Come on, don’t be a kid. Eat carrots or else, I’ll eat it for you.
Want More Carrot Health Benefits?
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Sharma, K. D., Karki, S., Thakur, N. S., & Attri, S. (2012). Chemical composition, functional properties, and processing of carrot-a review. Journal of food science and technology, 49(1), 22–32.
Nicolle, C., et al. (2003). Effect of carrot intake on cholesterol metabolism and antioxidant status in cholesterol-fed rat. European journal of nutrition, 42(5), 254–261.
Deding, U., Baatrup, G., Christensen, L. P., & Kobaek-Larsen, M. (2020). Carrot Intake and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: A Prospective Cohort Study of 57,053 Danes. Nutrients, 12(2), 332.
Tapsell, L. C., et al. (2014). Weight loss effects from vegetable intake: a 12-month randomized controlled trial. European journal of clinical nutrition, 68(7), 778–785.
Schagen, S. K., et al. (2012). Discovering the link between nutrition and skin aging. Dermato-endocrinology, 4(3), 298–307.
Louis, X. L., et al. (2018). Supplementation of Type 1 Diabetic Rats with Carrot Powder Lowers Blood Glucose without Improving Cardiac Structure and Function. Preventive nutrition and food science, 23(2), 115–121.
This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Drew Agravante
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 27, 2020:
This is done good information. I like that they are mild flavored.
Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on October 26, 2020:
awesome information! What I knew was that " as long as it's colorful its healthy" great day to you!
Thanks for the information again.
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on October 25, 2020:
Thanks for reading Ankita. I'm the same as you. I also discovered a lot about carrots through my research for this article. I'm learning while writing so it's a win-win.
Ankita B on October 25, 2020:
Informative. It was interesting to know about so many benefits of carrots. I only knew some of them.
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on October 24, 2020:
Thanks for reading Maren! May the healthy carrots dawn your table.
Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on October 24, 2020: