Nutritional Value of Carrots

Nutritional Value of Carrots
Plus Recipe & Juice!

Let me dangle the humble carrot!

The nutritional value
of carrots is extensive and being one of the most widely available and
one of the most inexpensive vegetables it should be part and parcel of
our regular diet.

This little veggie can be used in a variety of ways and among it’s many health benfits
are large quantities of vitamin A and of course beta carotene. Carotene
is of course where the name comes from and also what gives it that
fabulous colouring. And yes it is true, carotene can help your eyesight! Carrot
is one of the most versatile root vegetables and is just as nutritious
cooked as in the raw state. Carrots can form one of the basic Juicing
ingredients and have many benefits such as aiding in the removal of
indigestible fibres. They are also beneficial to the skin helping
maintain elasticity. Applied externally carrot can reduce skin
blemishes and grated and mixed with honey it can achieve a mini lift
when left on the face for 10-15 minutes.

Many skin care products contain oil derived from carrot which will reduce dryness
and carotenoids to assist in protecting mature skin and reducing damage
from Ultra Violet rays of the sun, a major cause of skin cancer.

have shown that one of the major health benefits of carrots is a
compound called falcarinol which may help lower the risk of breast,
colon and lung cancer.

Beta-carotene not only helps protect against
macular degeneration and fight against development of cataracts but the
high vitamin A content transforms into rhodospin in the retina to improve night vision. Beta-carotene also serves as an antioxidant and helps slow down the aging of cells.

Eating raw carrot can help with dental care!
They contain minerals which assist in the fight against oral germs and
tooth degeneration, the natural fibre of carrot will help clean teeth
and stimulate gums to stave off disease.

Carrots really
are one of the most amazing vegetables, easily grown in almost any
season. Whether Used in salads, coleslaw, eaten raw with fat reduced
dips or steamed, sliced, diced, mashed or in cakes, the nutritional
value of carrots should be an integral part of your daily healthy diet

Carrots nutrition facts!

  • Vitamins A,K,C,B1,B3,B6
  • Beta-carotene
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Iron
  • Phosphorous
  • Magnesium
  • Folate

Health Benefits of Carrots

Unlike most vegetables, carrot is said to be more nutritionally valuable
cooked than raw. Studies have shown that cooking releases more of the
contained antioxidants! Vitamin K aids in the healing process whilst
chromium content helps regulate blood sugar levels making this veggie very useful in the control of diabetes and an ideal solution to sugar cravings!

Water and fiber content help liver action and plump the skin, helping our fight against the dreaded “wrinkle”.
When shopping, look for the most firm and brightly colored carrots and
before storing cut off the green tops to retain all of the nutrients.

Just one a day, to obtain the solid nutritional value of carrots could improve your health and help you live longer!

Zingy Coleslaw

  • 1 fresh carrot (large)
  • 115g or 4oz red and white cabbage
  • 115 or 4oz fresh washed radishes
  • 115 or 4oz natural yoghurt, low-fat or Quark 0% fat
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish sauce
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

the cabbage finely and grate the carrot, thinly slice radishes. Mix
quark, horseradish and season to taste then mix all the ingredients in a
bowl and refrigerate for 30mins before serving.

Carrot Juice

  • 8 Carrots (scrubbed, not peeled)
  • 4 Apples
  • 4-5cm Fresh Ginger (vary to your taste)

Juice all ingredients. Don’t have a juicer? Get all the information you need on which juicer budget to luxury options!
Place contents in a blender and add ice cubes, blend, serve in a tall glass and drink sitting on the patio!

Including the nutritional value of carrots as part of your healthy diet you may reduce the need to say…

“What’s up doc?”

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