I still haven't met anyone who doesn't love this absolutely stunning root vegetable. Its brilliant orange colour and crunchy taste make it an excellent choice for healthy food.
Carrots are highly nutritious and are particularly good sources of Beta Carotene, Fiber, Vitamin K1, Potassium and antioxidants.
The nutritional composition of two small-to-medium raw carrots (100 grams) are:
Protein: 0.9 grams
Carbs: 9.6 grams
Sugar: 4.7 grams
Fibre: 2.8 grams
Fat: 0.2 grams
Carrot's high water content makes it weight loss friendly. They are also ranked low on the Glycemic Index. Meaning, despite its high sugar content, it would not raise blood sugar after a meal. In other words, it is a suitable food for diabetic patients.
Carotenoid and anthocyanins (which are responsible for the vegetable's colouring) are types of antioxidants. From our previous articles, we've learnt that antioxidants have been proved to fight harmful radicals and toxins in the body, thus, preventing cancer.
Also, not forgetting the fact that these antioxidants improve heart health and prevent certain diseases.
The amount of fibre and water found in carrots also help improve the digestive system and ease constipation.
Vitamin Composition of Carrots;
The aesthetically pleasing vegetable contains an excellent amount of vitamins such as;
73% of your daily requirement of vitamin A
9% of your daily vitamin K
8% of your daily potassium and fibre
5% of your daily vitamin C
2% of your daily calcium and iron
From the figures above, we can see that the amount of Vitamin A present in carrots are enough for you to consider it a part of your daily diet (avoid excess intake).
Vitamin A keeps the eyes healthy and improves vision - this is probably the best-known carrot's superpower. It also lowers your chances of cataracts and eye problems.
The presence of Vitamin C builds antibodies that build your immune system and defend it from disease infections. It is also very effective in wound healing. Vitamin C also keeps your hair and skin super healthy - make it glow!
Vitamin K and calcium are super ideal for strong and healthy bones.
Carrots can be eaten raw or slightly cooked.
It is used in preparing salads. It also works well in savoury dishes such as beef stew, Jollof rice, chicken pot pie, and stir-fry.
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