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Move aside kale, here come carrots!
Personally, I don’t think carrots get enough credit. So, this post is all about the benefits of carrots! All the green foods steal the show, but when adding color and variety to your diet, it’s good to shake things up with some orange. Carrots are exceptionally nutritious and have health benefits for both inside and out. Want to lower your risk for heart disease, strokes, and cancer? Eat some carrots. Want healthier skin, hair, and nails? Eat some carrots! For your convenience, here are the top 5 reasons to add some orange to your daily plate as well as 4 delicious recipes with carrots.
1. Nutritional Bang for your Buck
If you’re thinking about the nutritional value of food in terms of how many nutrients you can get for how many calories, carrots (and let’s face it, all veggies in general) are 100% worth it. Carrots claim to nutrition fame comes with it’s high beta-carotene and fiber content. But, it’s also a great source of antioxidants, as well as vitamin A, C, K, and even potassium (bananas aren’t the only ones!). And technically, you could just take a vitamin A pill every morning and hope for the same results. But what most people don’t realize, is that the best and most effective way for your body to absorb nutrients is by taking them in their natural form. Link: nutritional data for carrots
2. Carrots > Expensive Face Cream
Before reaching for that $25 2oz container of skin cream that promises to brighten your face, consider reaching for a much less expensive bag of carrots. The beta-carotene found in carrots is an exceptional antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside your body. This works to help repair your skin tissue as well as help protect your skin against sun damage. So, it’s basically preventative and regenerative all at once!
3. Carrots Have 20/20 Vision
Among other health problems, a vitamin A deficiency can lead to eye problems, including difficulty seeing in dimmer lighting. As you age, this can develop into night blindness (which would seriously be a problem). A regular supply of carrots in your diet is an incredibly easy way to avoid a vitamin A deficiency, so you can keep working on your vision.
4. Detox? More like Carrot-Tox.
Want to detox your body but not feeling like a juice cleanse? Carrots pack a powerful punch of dietary fiber, which will help everything pass smoothly (if you know what we mean!). Vitamin A has also been found to assist the liver in flushing out toxins, so after a night out maybe make yourself a Bloody Mary with carrot juice instead!
5. Disease Prevention
If you want one food to help lower your health risks and prevent serious diseases, then carrots should be in your top three choices. First of all, carrots are a great source of vitamin C so they can boost your immune system. Studies also show that consumption of beta-carotene has been linked to the reduction of risk for several different cancers, as well as the risk of stroke! Struggling with diabetes, high blood pressure, or at risk for heart disease? Then don’t just joke about switching to rabbit food-carrots have been linked to a decrease in these diseases.
If at this point you aren’t convinced to eat more carrots, then I suggest you go back and read this post again! Even a small, but regular consumption of carrots can give you all these added health benefits. Bonus points if you have a juicer at home, which can allow you to enjoy the benefits of carrots (a lot of carrots!) without having to actually crunch your way through them.
4 Delicious Recipes to Enjoy Carrots (not just in salad or with hummus):
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