>>> REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO EAT CARROT (KAROOTI)<<<
>>>AWON IDI TI O FI JE KAROOTI<<<
Carrot called karooti in Yoruba is one of the healthy food that is good for the body, carrot was cultivated thousands of years ago in the area now known as Afghanistan it is also cultivated in other parts of the world including our blessed soil in Nigeria, carrot is largely cultivated in the Northern part of Nigeria such as; Zaria, Sokoto, Kano and Jos., you can steam them, eat them raw or even cook them as the case may be.
The carrot that was produced in those days was a small, forked purple or yellow root with a bitter, woody flavor, quite different from the carrot we know today.
Purple, red, yellow, and white carrots were grown long before the appearance of the sweet, crunchy, and aromatic orange carrot that is now popular.
Carrot contains a variety of antioxidants that give them their color. For example, purple carrots contain anthocyanin, and red carrots are rich in lycopene.
The antioxidant beta-carotene gives carrots their bright orange color. Beta-carotene is absorbed in the intestine and converted into vitamin A during digestion.
There are two seasons a year for carrots, and local carrots are available in the spring and fall
They are a versatile vegetable. They can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, roasted, and as an ingredient in many soups and stews.
• Use shredded carrots in coleslaws, salads, wraps
• Add shredded carrots to baked goods, such as cakes and muffins
• Snack on carrot sticks or baby carrots as a snack or with herbed dips and hummus
• Use carrots in juice for a sweet, mild flavor
HEALTH BENEFIT OF CARROT
Carrots are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and potassium, as well as vitamin B6, folate, and several minerals including calcium and magnesium.
Carrots contain vitamin A, fiber,antioxidants, and other nutrients, and according to Wikipedia, vitamin A, has multiple functions, it is important for growth and development, for the maintenance of the immune system and good vision
Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, and contain a high amount of fiber. Beta carotene is important for eyesight, skin health, and normal growth.
Evidence suggests that eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, can help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Americans eat an average of 10.6 pounds of fresh carrots each year. That’s 10,866 carrots over an average lifetime
A variety of dietary carotenoids have been shown to have anti-cancer effects, research shows that an intake of food that contains carotenoids can have an effect on lowering cancer, due to their antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body.
Wound Treating Ability
According to naturalfoodseries, carrot has the ability to treat wounds, which comes from the presence of beta-carotene that is required to heal them, long-ago , and this could be tested by taking diet rich in carrots after a scrape or cut and you will notice speedy recovery.
Carrots contain beta-carotene, American Ann Cameron is known as example, who cured fourth stage (terminal stage) cancer with carrot juice.Past studies have concluded that beta-carotene supplementation may reduce the risk of lung cancer.,according to ruganicarrots in recent study, a natural substance in raw carrot called falcarinol can significantly reduce a person’s risk of cancer.
Carrot juice is also rich source of potassium which may in part have contributed to lowering blood pressure, carrots are rich source of nitrates which may be converted into nitric oxide to increase vasodilation, possibly decreasing blood pressure
Health authorities advise people to consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day. The recommended intake of potassium is 4,700 mg.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommend consuming a fiber-rich diet and increasing potassium while reducing sodium intake to protect against high blood pressure and heart disease. Carrots offer a good balance of these nutrients.
Carrots contains beneficial agents, such as carotene and polyacetylenes, which could be effective in the treatment of Leukemia
A 2011 study found that carrot juice extract could kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression.
Can carrots help you see in the dark? In a way, yes.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid pigment which is an essential precursor for vitamin A, vitamin A deficiency can lead to xerophthalmia, a progressive eye disease that can damage normal vision and result in night blindness, or the inability to see in low light or darkness.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a lack of vitamin A is one of the main preventable causes of blindness in children.
Diabetics can opt for carrots in their daily diet despite its sweet flavor as it can help manage blood glucose level, carrot juice may still contain sugar and carbohydrate, it won’t spike the blood sugar level
The antioxidants and phytochemicals in carrots may help regulate blood sugar.
According to Harvard Health, the glycemic index of carrots is 39, meaning the impact on blood sugar is fairly low.
Carrot contain antioxidants, which help your body fight free radicals, cell damage and inflammation and prevent diseases, Vitamin C, in carrot juice also provides an immune system boost helping you get through cold and flu season.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one cup of chopped carrots, containing 128 grams (g) of carrot, provides:
• 52 calories
• 12.26 grams (g) of carbohydrate
• 3 g of sugars
• 1.19 g of protein
• 0.31 g of fat
• 3.6 g of fiber
• 1069 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin A
• 7.6 vitamin C
• 42 mg of calcium
• 0.38 mg of iron
• 15 mg of magnesium
• 45 mg of phosphorus
• 410 mg of potassium
• 88 mg of sodium
• 0.31 mg of zinc
• 24 mcg of folate
• 16.9 mcg of vitamin K
One cup of chopped carrots provides more than 100 percent of an average adult male or female’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A.
Overconsumption of vitamin A can be toxic to humans. It may cause a slight orange tinge in skin color, but this not harmful to health.
People who are taking medications derived from vitamin A, such as isotretinoin (Roaccutane) for acne or acitretin for psoriasis, should avoid eating large amounts of carrots, as they could lead to hypervitaminosis A, an overdose of vitamin A.