Health Benefits of Carrots

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Crunchy carrots are one of the most nutritious and versatile root vegetables. Their complex flavors can be used in a variety of savory and dessert dishes, and they provide a low-calorie snack option. In 100 grams of carrots, there are roughly 40 calories.

When cooked, the nutritional value of carrots increases and makes it easier for the body to digest its vital vitamins. Boasting impressive levels of vitamin A, antioxidants and immunity-building properties, there's so much goodness jammed into one serving of carrots. From purple to orange, carrots truly are one of the most remarkable vegetables.

1. Improves Eye Health

A carrot's claim to fame is its high levels of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that gives certain food its unmistakable red-orange pigment. Other well-known sources of beta-carotene include sweet potatoes, apricots and butternut squash.

The body has the ability to convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, a key nutrient in supporting eye health.1Rousseau, Nicolas. ‘Beta-Carotene.’ Fondation Louis Bonduelle, 17 Feb. 2017, A lack of vitamin A can cause dry and scratchy eyes and contribute to other degenerative eye diseases. Because vitamin A is fat-soluble, it's a good idea to add oil to help with the absorption of this vital nutrient. Cooking carrots also helps the body absorb more beta-carotene.


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