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Value of Carrots: A Nutritional Powerhouse

Value of Carrots: A Nutritional Powerhouse

The value of carrots – carrots supply many needed vitamins that our bodies need to work well. Carrots are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and minerals such as lutein and potassium.

Carrots are a complex carbohydrate (the good carbohydrate). The carrot gets its normal and bright orange color from β-carotene; eating too many carrots can cause carotenosis, a mild condition in which the skin turns orange.

image of bugsbunny enjoying the value of carrots My experience

This actually happened to me years ago, while attending art school.

I enjoyed a fresh glass of carrot juice every morning for a couple of months. I was turning orange. Someone suggested that I may be drinking too much carotene.

I made a swift change and started drinking carrot juice a few times a week instead of every day.

Nutritional information

Ethno medically, the roots are used as an emmenagogue (to increase blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus a carminative (to reduce flatulence), to treat digestive problems, intestinal parasites, and tonsillitis  or constipation. Lack of vitamin A can cause poor vision, including night vision, and this can be remedied by adding vitamin A to the diet. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot

picture of carrots for value of carrotsHistory of the Carrot

In early use, carrots were grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds, not their roots. Carrot seeds were found in Switzerland and Southern Germany dating back to 2000–3000 BC. Some relatives of the carrot are still grown for their leaves and seeds, such as parsley, fennel, dill and cumin.  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot

There are so many ways to introduce carrots into your diet.  For example, eating raw carrots as a snack during the day is great.  This becomes a healthier choice rather than reaching for a candy bar. On a personal note I prefer my carrots juiced or cooked. Carrots taste wonderful when added to soups and stews. Another nutritional value of carrots, is the fiber they give us.

Ways to enjoy carrots

Chicken Vegetable Soup:

Chicken Vegetable Soup – Basic Recipe


Curly Kale Stir Fry:

Curly Kale Stir Fry


Fresh Carrot Juice:

How To Make Carrot Juice (Step By Step Guide)

Did you know that there is a city called Holtvill here in California that promotes itself as “Carrot Capitol of the World” and holds an annual festival devoted entirely to the carrot? Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot

The nutritional value of carrots is as important to our bodies as it is to Bugs Bunny!

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Cabbage Salad – Basic Recipe

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This is the “Simply Delicious” cabbage salad recipe

This is the basic cabbage salad recipe which requires 5 ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 small green cabbage chopped or shredded
  • 3 medium size carrots chopped thin
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 tbsp of Ms. Dash original blend seasoning
  • ¼ tsp of salt

Preparation

  • Make sure you have washed and rinsed all of your veggies well.
  • In a large bowl add all of your vegetables and season to your taste.
  • Add your favorite salad dressing as a final (optional) touch.

Preparation time: 8-15 (depending on method used to chop, shred and dice; i.e., by hand or food processor)
Servings: 4

A few facts about cabbage and carrots

“Cancer prevention tops all other areas of health research with regard to cabbage and its outstanding benefits”. Source: ‘Whats New and Beneficial About Cabbage’ from whfoods.com

“Cabbage is excellent for gastrointestinal health because of its high fiber content.” Source: ‘Cooking with Cabbage‘ by Aine McAteer via oprah.com/food

“The antioxidants and phytochemicals in carrots may also help with blood sugar regulation, delay the effects of aging, and improve immune function.” Source: ‘What are the health benefits of carrots‘ – medicalnewstoday.com


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