Food Facts - Vegetables

  Carrots

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Carrots are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world, partly because they grow relatively easily, and are very versatile in a number of dishes and cultural cuisines. The many medicinal and health benefits of carrots, along with its delicious taste, are what makes this such an important vegetable in cultural cuisines across the globe. The health benefits of carrots include reduced cholesterol, prevention from heart attacks, warding off of certain cancers, improving vision, and reducing the signs of premature aging. Furthermore, carrots have the ability to increase the health of your skin, boost the immune system, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular health, detoxify the body, and boost oral health in a variety of ways. They also provide a well-rounded influx of vitamins and minerals.

1. Improves Vision :
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Being good source of vitamin A, it is good for improving eyesight and preventing conditions like night blindness.

2. Cancer Prevention :
Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer as it is rich in beta carotene.

3. Anti-Aging :
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells.

4. Healthy Glowing Skin :
Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

5. A Powerful Antiseptic :
Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts, shredded raw or boiled and mashed.

6. Prevent Heart Disease :
Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein. The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

7. Controls Blood Pressure :
Carrots are rich sources of potassium, which is a vasodilator and can relax the tension in blood vessels and arteries, thereby keeping BP under control.

8. Immune Booster :
Carrots contain a number of antiseptic and antibacterial abilities and is rich in Vitamin C that makes it ideal for boosting the immune system.

9. Digestion :
Carrots, like most vegetables, have significant amounts of dietary fiber thus helps in maintaining good digestive health.

9. Cleanse the Body :
Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.

10. Healthy Teeth and Gums :
Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste. Carrots stimulate gums and trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.

11. Prevent Stroke :
Studies have proved that eating a carrot every day reduces the risk of stroke by 68%.

12. Diabetes :
Carrots are good for blood sugar regulation due to the presence of carotenoids. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar, thereby helping diabetic patients live a normal, healthy life.

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