Health Benefits of Carrots (Karots)
Carrots or “karot” in Tagalog (Mother tongue in Philippines) is one of the famous vegetables around. It is known for its beta-carotene content, a phyto-nutrient that is good for the eyes.
How often do you eat carrots?
The carrot English term comes from its Latin counterpart Daucus carota.
Carrots can be enjoyed raw, cooked, mixed with protein meats, vegetables or juiced.
To get the most of a carrot’s health benefits, it is best to slightly cook them. They tend to release their potent nutrients when put under heat. Be mindful not to over-cook them, though to preserve most of the nutrients in released.
Like with any vegetables, the nutrient in carrots are sensitive to heat, as well.
In cooking, wait till the carrot turns to a more vibrant color. That is when your carrot is ready for eating.
Nutritional benefits of carrots
The nutritional benefits of carrots include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
- Beta-carotene. Many confuse phyto-nutrient beta-carotene with Vitamin A. During digestion, beta-carotene is converted by the body into Vitamin A. That is probably where the misrepresentation lies.
- Sugar. Carrots contain more sugar when compared to other vegetables. Carrot's sugar is however better option than artificial sweetener or sugars found in cakes or pastries.artificial sweetener or sugars found in cakes or pastries. A carrot’s glycemic index however is considered low at 47. More so, its glycemic load of 2 is also considered low. The sugar in carrots is definitely healthier than For diabetics or people who are concerned with their blood sugar level, eating carrots would not cause spike in your sugar levels. It is important however to eat carrots moderately to maintain a regulated sugar at that. Lastly, be caution of other sugars you put in your diet.
- Carrots contain no cholesterol, very low in saturated fats and low on calories. A cup of carrots will provide you just about 50 calories.
Health benefits of carrots
Carrots are good for the eyes. It has a rich source of beta-carotene which supports eye health. Beta-carotene is also an anti-oxidant. They help strengthen our immune system. Because of this property, carrots are seen as anti-cancer agents as well, along with broccoli and spinach.
Carrots are good for our cardio-vascular health. Fiber, one of the nutrients found in carrots, is an artery anti-clogging element. This prevents common heart ailments like stroke, heart attacks as well as diabetes.
Carrots are good for weight loss and weight management. Eating carrots regularly promotes high-energy level and over-all health.
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