Carrots are an amazingly crunchy and nutritious foods. They can be served by themselves, as juice or in a variety of dishes and taste great whether they are cooked or eaten fresh as a snack. Because they have an abundance of beta carotene, they can offer support to several different functions within the body. The beta carotene and Vitamin A carrots contain offer a variety of benefits. Eating carrots raw and in their freshest state, allows for the maximum amount of nutrients. A few of the most well known benefits include:
- Improved vision and eye support
- Slows down the aging process and helps skin to maintain its elasticity and tone
- Prevents infection both internally and externally (boiling and mashing carrots and applying the mash to a cut will help it to heal faster)
- Dietary fiber helps to lower cholesterol levels and improve cardiovascular and circulatory function
- Vitamin A supports improved liver function and helps to aid in the digestive process
Carrots are extremely high in dietary fiber. When eaten fresh, the fiber they provide helps to maintain regularity in the bowels and prevent fatty deposits from collecting along the digestive tract. Along with the enzymes they contain, carrots offer nutritional support that helps to regulate the pancreas and other organs within the digestive tract. Carrots break down easily and their nutrients are readily absorbed as they continue to move through the stomach and small intestines.
Because of the dietary fiber and other vital nutrients they contain, many doctors believe they can reduce the risk of both heart attacks and stroke. The ability of dietary fiber to attach to and remove harmful types of cholesterol keeps arteries clear of obstruction that can eventually deprive the brain of vital nutrients and oxygen. By allowing blood to flow unimpeded throughout the body, the heart and brain are able to function at their best.
Carrots come in many flavors, but the most common ones are orange. Dietary professionals suggest that people think of a rainbow when they are preparing their meals. Colorful foods are the ones with the highest nutritional content. Beets, tomatoes, corn, beans and blueberries are extremely colorful and when you add carrots to the plate, whether they are fresh or cooked, completes the rainbow of nutrition that we all need to keep us healthy.