I don’t know about you, but carrots seem to be the number one diet food. Going on a diet? Stock up on carrots. Which might be why my co-worker views carrots as a punishment and not a pleasure.
Carrots, however, should not be reserved for diets alone. They provide a number of health benefits that can be enjoyed year round.
- Improves vision – beta-carotene is converted into Vitamin A in the liver and the vitamin A is then transformed by the retina to rhodopsin which is necessary for night vision.
- Helps prevent cancer – Studies have shown a reduction in the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.
- Slows down aging – beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism.
- Promotes healthier skin – vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Helps prevent infection – shredded raw or boiled and mashed can be used on cuts.
- Prevents heart disease – Studies have shown diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
- Cleanses the body – Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing toxins from the body.
- Protects teeth and gums – They scrape off plaque and food particles and stimulate gums.
- Prevents stroke – Studies show that people who are more than 6 carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate 1 or less.
So, go ahead and “punish” yourself by eating carrots. The health benefits make it definitely worth it.