Carrots are available throughout the year in almost all parts of the world; locally grown carrots are grown in the summer and fall in cold weather countries and winter in hot weather countries, this the time when they are very fresh and most tasteful. Carrot roots have a crunchy texture and a sweet and minty aromatic taste, while the greens are fresh tasting and slightly bitter. Carrots can be found in a host of other colors including white, yellow, red, or purple, however, orange and red carrots are more common.
Health Benefits of Carrots
1. Reduces cardiovascular disease. Carrot as a part of the everyday diet can reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease.
2. Antioxidant Benefits. Carrots (along with pumpkin and spinach) rank high on the list of all commonly-consumed antioxidant vegetables in terms of their beta-carotene content. In carrots, the most important polyacetylenes include falcarinol and falcarindiol. These two amazing groups of phytonutrients in carrotsmay work together in a synergistic way to maximize our health benefits.
3. Inhabit Colon Cancer. Carrot polyacetylenes as phytonutrients that can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells, especially when these polyacetylenes are found in their reduced (versus oxidized) form.
4. Good for Eyesight. The carrots have a very high Vitamin A content, Lack of vitamin A can cause poor vision, including night vision, and vision can be restored by adding it back into the diet.
5. Improve Skin, Hair and Nails. Carrot can improve the appearance of the skin, hair and nails.
6. Lower Cholesterol. Carrots contain cholesterol-lowering pectin. U.S. Department of Agriculture research suggests two carrots a day may lower cholesterol 10 up to 20 percent.
7. Helpful in Diarrhea. Carrot Soup is a home remedy for diarrhea because it calms the bowel and slows down bacterial development.
- Cooking the carrots in fat or oils, or pureeing or juicing them increases the availability of Carotenoids(Source of Vitamin A) by 600 percent.
- Massive overconsumption of carrots can cause carotenosis, a benign condition in which the skin turns orange
- Recipes for Health: Quinoa and Carrot Kugel (nytimes.com)