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.
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.
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
History 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:
Curly Kale Stir Fry:
Fresh Carrot Juice:
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!