Some people think of carrots as the ultimate health food, while generations of parents have told their children that eating carrots will help them see in the dark. Which ever the case maybe, the carrot has alot of nutritional health benefits to the body.
In this article, we will learn more about the nutrients in carrots and their health benefits
Carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are a good source of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are nutrients present in plant-based foods. They help the body remove free radicals, unstable molecules that can cause cell damage if too many accumulate in the body
Do you know that carrots help you see in the dark? Carrots contain vitamin A, and a vitamin A deficiency may result in xerophthalmia, a progressive eye disease. Xerophthalmia can cause night blindness or difficulty seeing when levels of light are low.
According to the Office of Dietary Supplements , a lack of vitamin A is one of the main preventable causes of blindness in children. So, in a way, carrots can help you see in the dark.
Too many free radicals in the body may increase the risk of various types of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (T. S )
The antioxidant effects of dietary carotenoids yellow, orange, and red organic pigments present in carrots and other vegetables may reduce this risk. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two examples of these carotenoids.
Consuming more carotenoid-rich foods may lower the risk of colon cancer. People who consume a high-fiber diet have a lower risk of colorectal cancer than those who consume little fiber.
Carrots have a very sweet flavor and contain natural sugars.
Carbohydrates make up around 10%(T. S) of a carrot, and nearly half of this is sugar. Another 30% of this carbohydrate content is fiber. A medium carrot provides 25 calories. Overall, This makes a carrot a low-calorie, high-fiber food that is relatively low in sugar.
Blood pressure and cardiovascular health
The fiber and potassium in carrots may help manage blood pressure. The American Heart Association(T. S) encourage people to add less salt to meals, while eating more foods that contain potassium, such as carrots.
Potassium helps relax the blood vessels, reducing the risk of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues.
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