The carrot (Daucus carota subsp. sativus) is a root vegetable, usually orange in colour, though purple, black, red, white, and yellow cultivars exist. Carrots are a domesticated form of the wild carrot, Daucus carota, native to Europe and southwestern Asia. The plant probably originated in Persia and was originally cultivated for its leaves and seeds. The most commonly eaten part of the plant is the taproot, although the greens are sometimes eaten as well. The domestic carrot has been selectively bred for its greatly enlarged, more palatable, less woody-textured taproot. Lets mynutrisi talk about the benefits of carrots.
Benefits of Carrot Despite of Its Orange Crunchy Structure
Forget the vitamin A pills. With carrots you will get vitamin A and many other health benefits including beautiful skin, prevent cancer and anti-aging. Read the list below how you get the maximum benefit from it.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which converts into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is a change in the retina functioning to produce the rhodopsin of the purple pigments necessary to make the vision brighter and good.
Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and cataracts. One study found that people who eat a lot of beta-carotene content have a 40 percent lower risk of getting macular degeneration than those who take a little.
Studies have shown carrots to reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers found carrots containing falcarinol. Falcarindiol is a source of anti-cancer properties. Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by carrot that protects the roots from fungal diseases. Carrots are the only common source of this compound.
Red carrots have high beta-carotene levels and act as antioxidants for damaged cells that occur in the body through normal metabolism. It helps to slow down the aging of body and skin cells.
Vitamin A and antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage. Deficiency of vitamin A causes dryness of skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkles, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, acne and uneven skin tone.
Carrot is known by herbalists to prevent infection. Can be used on the wound – chopped raw crushed and rubbed on the wound.
Beautiful face skin
Carrots are used as cheap masks (mascara) and very easy. Just mix the grated carrot with a little honey.
Preventing Heart Disease
Studies show that high diets in carotenoids are associated with lower risk of heart disease. Carrots are not only beta carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein. Frequent use of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fiber in carrots binds to bile acids.
Clean the Body
Vitamin A helps the liver to pump out the toxins from the body. It reduces bile and fat in the liver. Macro nutrients present in carrots help cleanse the colon and accelerate the movement of the waste.
Healthy teeth and gums
Carrots clean your teeth and your mouth by scraping plaques and food particles like toothbrush or toothpaste. Carrots stimulate the gums and trigger many salivary salts, balancing the formation of acid in the mouth. It has minerals that can prevent tooth decay.
Of all the above benefits, it is not surprising that in a Harvard University study, people who eat more than six carrots a week are less likely to have a stroke than those who only eat a carrot a month or less.
So now, what are you waiting anymore? Lets take some carrot for your health.
How to Make the Best Roasted Glazed Carrots
Roasted glazed carrots are to me the tastiest carrots you can have. You not only have the caramelisation from the roasting but you also add a buttery glaze to enhance and lift the flavour another step. I like to cut them in a rustic wedge shape, they look more appetizing and you get better caramelisation as there’s more edges. This is the best Hot Chocolate recipe by Recipe30
Special Recipes of Delicious Hot Chocolates :
- 2lb – 1 kg carrots (approx 4 medium to large)
- 3 tbsp – 40g butter
- 1 ¼ tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 orange (half juiced)
- 1 handful of fresh parsley (optional)
- Step 1
Wash carrots, peel and trim the tops and tails. Cut into triangular wedges by cutting on an angle and turning the carrot after each cut (watch video).
- Step 2
Place in a bowl with salt, pepper, olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Toss or mix well until each piece is evenly coated. Transfer to a roasting dish and bake for 40 min at 350°F – 180°C. After 20 minutes remove from oven, give the carrots a toss or turn each piece over. Return to oven.
- Step 3
In the same used mixing bowl, no need to wash, add the sugar, butter and the squeeze of half an orange. Place in microwave oven for approx 1 minutes, until butter is hot and melted. You can also do this in a separate saucepan on the stove.
- Step 4
Once cooked, remove the carrots from oven and place directly into hot butter. Mix and toss well for even coating. You can optionally chop some parsley, add to carrots and mix.