This page talks about the nutritional value of carrots.
Remember the cartoons where Bugs Bunny would munch on a carrot, look into the camera and ask, "What's up, doc?"
In the picture above, our dog Annabelle, is eating a carrot in our backyard. She loves carrot harvest day. All three of our dogs love it anytime we harvest anything from our backyard garden, but Annabelle enjoys fresh veggies from the garden best of all.
In the information below we see that one cup of carrots provides about 50 calories, so they are low in calories, but they do have a lot of carbs. I love the sweeter carrots, like Sugarsnax. They are great for snacking, instead of a bag of chips, and they're so much healthier!
Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source not only of beta-carotene, but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients. The areas of antioxidant benefits, cardiovascular benefits, and anti-cancer benefits are the best-researched areas of health research with respect to dietary intake of carrots.
Given their antioxidant richness, it's not surprising to find numerous research studies documenting the cardiovascular benefits of carrots. Our cardiovascular system needs constant protection from antioxidant damage. This is particularly true of our arteries, which are responsible for carrying highly oxygenated blood.
A popular theme is that carrots are good for vision.
This is actually a story from WWII about radar. Click here to read more about the story.
But carrots do have eye benefits.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid pigment which is an essential precursor for vitamin A. Deficiencies in vitamin A are the leading causes of blindness in the developing world.
Carrots contain lutein, an important antioxidant. Lutein-rich foods are known to increase the density of pigment in the macula, the yellow-shaped oval area in the center of the retina. As pigment density increases, the retina is protected more and the risk for macular degeneration decreases.
While they are beneficial to eye health, eating carrots everyday does not reduce our risk for eye problems.
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