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Health Benefits of Carrots (Karots)

Updated on February 18, 2013

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.

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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)
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Fiber
  • 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.
  • Manganese
  • Niacin
  • 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.

Enjoy the health benefits of carrots with red pepper, pineapple and chicken.
Enjoy the health benefits of carrots with red pepper, pineapple and chicken.
Carrots are also good with other veggies and healthy mushrooms
Carrots are also good with other veggies and healthy mushrooms

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Hi cathy! I also juice my carrots. I add apples, pears and a little beetroot for colors. Yum!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      HI careermommny! That's great to hear. Your kids are lucky to have them.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Hi peggy! I like carrots best when steamed.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks rtalloni. This reminds me, I'm getting some today. heehee..

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Great information on carrots, they are my favorite vegetable, cooked and raw. I juice them with apples for my children and they drink it up.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      beingwell, this is valuable information. I add carrots to my kids diet pretty frequently. It's great to read up on all the nutritional benefits they have to offer.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Carrots are a staple in our diet and we always keep some in the refrigerator for instant access. We like them in all manners from raw to stir fried to cooked and in soups. Thanks for listing all of the health benefits. This is a good reminder to eat more carrots! Up and useful votes + will share.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      I was just thinking that I should include more carrots in our diet. Your good overview of their health benefits and the responses to it are convincing. Thanks!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Hi moonlake! It's different with my hubby haha! I dig the carrots out of his meals and into my plate. He's not a fan.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I love carrots as long as they're not cooked. I do put them in my soup and then dig them out of my bowl of soup and give them to my husband. Good information. Voted up.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Hi there vespawoolf! Now you made me miss my juicer! It's also in the storage area because I get lazy to clean up after using. I think it's time to do some juicing again. Thanks for the comment!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I especially love carrot juice. Since we've moved and our belongings are still in storage, I don't have my juicer but really miss it. This makes me miss the carrot juice even more! I never cook carrots as my husband will only eat them overcooked, which defeats the purpose. Now I need to go get my juicer back! : )

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      @alocsin - Thanks for your comments. And so do !.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I like it best crunchy and raw, especially when I can put it in some dip. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for your comment, @urmi!! Lovely to see you again!

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      I drink carrot juice regularly. Good to know all the benefits in detail. Thanks for posting this article.

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      healthyjoe 4 years ago

      I am also a regular user of carrots, chopping a small carrot up for breakfast every morning plus a red pepper, tomato, garlic, small stick of celery etc. sprinkled with sea-salt and black pepper. This is a good start for the day and I never see a doctor or take any drug medicine.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks @dinkan! I appreciate your comment.

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      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      Iam a regular user of carrots. This article has added more useful information to me and you have performed an excellent task in this topic. Rated up and shared.

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