Carrots are one of the most consumed vegetables in our area due to the fact that it is easily available and accepted by children and adults. Just as with all vegetables, carrots are a wonderful item pack-full of needed nutrients for our health.
The amount of a carrot’s nutrients depends entirely on the type and amount consumed; also other factors can modify the carrots nutritional value. Also, least us forgot that the way they are prepared could also affect their nutritional properties.
We can eat them raw, by grating them into our salads and other cold dishes, also we can make them in puree or soup, use them in quiches, steamed, baked, juiced, in soufflés, in savory puddings, etc. As we can see, carrots are a very versatile vegetable that allows us to make a wide variety of meals that are delicious, aromatic and colorful.
Carrot’s nutritional value:
They contain a lot of water; in fact they are about ninety percent water. Consequently, carrots help to hydrate our body’s cells, benefiting each one of our internal functions.
Carrots are about thirty-six calories per each hundred grams, this is a very low caloric intake making it ideal to eat when trying to lose weigh or watch your weight.
The main minerals found in carrots are potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine and selenium.
As for vitamins, carrots have vitamin C, Y, B3, B6, B1 and B2. Also it contains beta-carotenes, retinol and folic acid.
The complex vitamins B are essential for our digestive system’s overall health. Also, they help our skin, helps us to get proper rest, helps our immune and defense system and aids in digesting consumed food into energy.
The carrot’s well-known orange color is from the high quantity of carotenes present, including beta-carotenes that once digested, is transformed into a fat-soluble type A vitamin by our body and used instantly where needed most. The fat-soluble type-E vitamin such as beta-carotenes act as natural antioxidants throughout the whole body, helping slow the cells’ aging process benefiting the skin, vision and other tissues in our body.
It also has lots of fiber, as do most fruits and vegetables, which helps with digestive tract functions, cooperating in lowering the blood cholesterol and triglycerides, lowering the glycemic levels for those with diabetes, etc. It also leaves us feeling fuller longer.
In our area, carrots can be found almost all year round, at an affordable price when compared to other vegetables. For this reason, it is recommended to include carrots in at least one meal a day. You can do this by using some of ideas mentioned in the beginning in this article. You can also give them to you your children, as they are normally accepted because of their color and sweet taste.