Benefits of Carrots: The Crunchy Powerfood

Forget about vitamin A pills. 

With this orange crunchy powerfood, you get Vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. Most of the benefits of carrots can be attributed to their beta carotene and fiber content. 

This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents. Furthermore, carrots are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.
Carrots are so common in the US that it’s easy to overlook their potentially powerful benefits to your health.

Almost every household know carrots as a popular snack food to eat with dips or add to fresh vegetable juice, or as an addition to soups and stews, carrots have become a valued staple in kitchens worldwide.

A serving of carrots (one medium carrot or ½ cup chopped) will provide about:

  • 210% of the average daily recommended amount of vitamin A
  • 10% vitamin K
  • 6% vitamin C
  • 2% calcium

If you don’t know the benefits of their nutrients, let me just get to the point, carrots help to:

  • Lower risk of coronary heart disease
  • Stimulate cancer-fighting mechanisms in the body
  • Restore vision
  • Lower cholesterol 
  • Improve memory
  • Protect the liver from toxins
  • Provide anti-inflammatory benefits

Most people know carrots to be a common orange root vegetable, but did you know that carrots come in purple, yellow and white? In fact, there are hundreds of carrot varieties around the world. 
Recently, I came across a beautiful purple carrot and just had to get my veggie spiralizer out to made a fun salad! Just twist your veggies and toss with your favorite dressing. (I used zucchini, summer squash & purple carrots… aren’t they gorgeous?)
  
  

Now, that’s a great reason to have fun with your carrots, no matter what color. 
Play with your food and enjoy. 
In health,
Johanna

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5 thoughts on “Benefits of Carrots: The Crunchy Powerfood

  1. LOVE the colored carrots. Where did you get your spiralizer? I was just telling a friend I need one of those. My daughter won’t eat raw carrots – but she is also missing a lot of teeth. haha

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