Carrot is a root vegetable. Though the orange species are the most popular, the purple, black, red, white, and yellow cultivars types also exist.
Carrots are mostly consumed in its raw, uncooked form as a healthy snack. But the vegetables are also used in the preparation of a variety of dishes in various cultures around the world.
History And Origins Of Carrot
According to historical documentation and genetic molecular studies, carrots most likely originated from Central Asia. The wild ancestors of carrot also may have originated in Persia (regions of which are now Iran and Afghanistan).
When carrots were first cultivated, they were grown for their aromatic leaves and seed and not for their roots. Some close relatives of the carrot vegetable are still being grown for their leaves and seeds, such as parsley, cilantro, coriander, fennel, anise, dill and cumin.
Health Benefits Of Carrots
Health experts suggest that carrot contains beta carotene. Carotene is a natural pigment that is used by the body to make Vitamin A. Carrot also has good amount of fibre. Carrots can help ease constipation. Carrots also help to lower the risk of heart diseases and maintain healthy cholesterol, because of its richness in potassium. Other health benefits of the healthy snack include: Boosting eye health, aids weight loss, helps in digestion, boosts heart health, lowers blood pressure, boosts skin health and immunity.
What Happens When We Overdose On Carrots?
Although carrots area healthy and great snack, still it can come with some disadvantages if we consume it in large quantities. So what happens to our body if we eat too much carrots?
As we said before, carrots contain beta-carotene the molecule that are responsible for the bright orange hue of carrots. Beta-carotene is also a precursor of vitamin A. When we consume a lot of carrots it can lead to excess blood carotene which can discolor the skin.
This condition of skin discoloration is known as carotenemia. Carotenemia condition occurs because carotene is a fat-soluble molecule. Excessive quantities of it tend to accumulate in the outermost layer of skin, which results in yellow- or orange-pigmented skin, particularly in the palms, soles, knees and nasal area.
Experts say that the color discoloration condition may not be deadly. You will need to eat half a cup of chopped carrots everyday for this condition to occur in your body.
So we can include the carrot vegetable in our diet, but should avoid overdosing on it to avoid the skin discoloration condition that it causes, which has several health disadvantages even though it isn't fatal.
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N.B: Even though this fact about carrots has been proven by health experts, you may want to do further research on your own, before taking them as professional health advice.
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