Health Benefits of Carrots

Carrots are low-calorie, delicious, high in nutrition and provide plenty of health benefits.

A single carrot (medium-size) has 2.1 grams of fiber, 6.2 grams of carbs, and only 25 calories. Plus, this vitamin-rich root vegetable has a high concentration of vitamin A (200% of the DV per carrot). A deep orange is preferred because it holds more beta-carotene.

Carrots come in several colors, from the traditional orange to purple, red, and yellow. Also, this nutritious vegetable is enjoyed in its raw form, in smoothies, or juiced.

Health benefits of carrots

Here are ten of the useful health benefits of eating carrots:

1 – Anti-aging

Carrots rich beta-carotene content is useful for its ability to fight-off cell damage.

Nearly 88% of the carrots weight is made up of water.

2 – Anti-cancer

Carrots are believed to help lower the risk of certain cancers, including colon, breast, and lung. It is the falcarindiol and falcarinol (naturally produced pesticide) that have the anti-cancer properties.

3 – Eye health

The rich vitamin A content of the carrot is transformed into rhodopsin in the retina, which is a type of pigment that helps with nighttime vision. Plus, this vitamin is useful for protecting against age-related cataracts and macular degeneration. Eating a diet rich in beta-carotene has the potential to lower the risk of macular degeneration by nearly 40% compared to those that consumed a minimal amount.

Americans eat an average of 10.3 pounds of carrots per year, per person.

4 – Heart-friendly

Eating a diet rich in carotenoids (colorful plant pigments) can help to cut the risk of heart disease. Carrots are high in lutein, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene. Plus, the carrot soluble fiber is effective at binding with bile acids, which is needed to lower cholesterol levels.

5 – Infection

Carrots (mashed, boiled, or shredded raw) are a useful choice to use on cuts to reduce the risk of infection.

Carrots are high in natural sugar (more than any other vegetable except beets) so make a perfect raw snack.

6 – Liver

Carrots are rich in fibers which cleanse the colon and speed up the process of flushing toxins from the system. Vitamin A is useful for the liver in that it lowers the fat and bile content.

7 – Memory

Carrots or similar root vegetables with high beta-carotene content helps to slow the decline of the central nervous system from aging.

Eat more carrots to get a reliable source of dietary fiber which is helpful for improving the performance of the digestive system.

8 – Oral health

Crunchy vegetables like carrots help to remove plaque from the teeth and keep the mouth clean. Eating carrots can be nearly as effective at getting rid of food particles and plaque as regular brushing with a toothbrush. Carrots are great at stimulating saliva to balance out the cavity-forming, acid-forming bacteria.

9 – Skin

The rich antioxidant and vitamin A content is useful for promoting healthier skin and protecting from sun damage. A deficiency of vitamin A can lead to dry nails, hair, and skin. A diet rich in vitamin A food source like carrot, lettuce, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and dried apricots can help to prevent or slow wrinkling, blemishes, pigmentation, dry skin, acne, and uneven skin tone.

Eating a handful of baby carrots or one medium carrot can provide one serving of the daily vegetable needs.

10 – Stroke

Eating carrots as a regular part of the diet (six or more per week) can help to lower the risk of suffering from a stroke in the future.

 

Carrots nutrition facts

  • A 1 cup serving of carrots (chopped) has about 50 calories.
  • Eating 1 cup of carrots provides 3.2 grams of dietary fiber.
  • Carrots are vitamin A rich and contain nearly 405% of the daily value of this vitamin.

A 1 cup serving (about 128 grams) of chopped carrots have: 52 calories – 1.19 grams of protein – 10.54 grams of carbohydrate – 113 grams of water – 6.07 grams of sugars – 410 mg of potassium – 13 mg of magnesium – 42 mg of calcium.

 

Carrots – FAQs

Q. Is raw carrots good for you?

A. Eat carrots raw to get the most nutritional value. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and alpha-carotene with a sprinkle of magnesium and calcium, a high dose of potassium and dietary fiber, and lots of disease-fighting and anti-aging phytonutrients.

Q. Are carrots low carb?

A. Carrots contain about 10.2 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams. Carrots are low carb, but there are other vegetables with a lower carb count, including spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber, cauliflower, and asparagus.

Q. Why carrots are good for your eyes?

A. It is the beta-carotene content (converts to vitamin A in the body) that helps to promote the health of the retina and other eye parts. Other beneficial vegetables for the eyes include leafy greens, eggs, berries, and almonds (the zeaxanthin and lutein content helps to lower the risk of age related cataracts and macular degeneration),

Q. What are the nutrients in carrots?

A. Carrots are nutrient-dense and include vitamins A, C, and K, molybdenum, dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, B vitamins (B1, B3, B6), folate, magnesium, and phosphorous.

Q. What enzymes are in carrots?

A. Carrots are rich in the Catalase enzyme.

 

What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Carrot Juice Daily (Video)

 

Further reading:

  1. Carrot Recipes
  2. Grow Your Own
  3. USDA National Nutrient Database
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