3 Reasons Why You Should Eat Cooked Carrots

We all know that carrots are a healthy food, but this knowledge leads to one short sentence “carrots are good for your eyes.” In the next few paragraphs we will try to extend this knowledge.

Nutritional value / calories

  • 100g = 41 calories
  • Fat: 0g (0% recommended daily value)
  • Saturated Fat: 0g (0%)
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0g
  • Salt: 69mg (3%)
  • Carbohydrates: 10g (3%)
  • Fiber: 3g (11%)
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 1g

The most common vitamins and minerals

  • 100g fresh carrots contain:
  • Vitamin A 16705IU (334%)
  • Vitamin K: 13.2mcg (16%)
  • Vitamin C: 5.9mg (10%)
  • Potassium: 320 mg (9%)

The carrots contain most of the other vitamins and trace minerals, from 2 to 7%.

1 medium sized carrot has about 60 grams, and its nutritive value is obtained by multiplying the above mentioned values with 0.6 (or 60% of the above value).

Carrots against diseases of the cardiovascular system

There are several scientific studies that have shown the effect of carrots, they can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

A ten-year study from the Netherlands, which examined the protection against cardiovascular diseases with the help of fruits and vegetables, has shown that foods with dark shades of orange and yellow have the greatest impact.

Even more interesting is that the carrot proved to be the biggest protector of this group.

So if you are afraid of diseases of the heart and circulatory system, one carrot a day should help you at least to lower the risk.

Carrot and eye health

Eating carrots will not help the myopic person to remove the diopter but carrots contain beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the body, and is one of the most important vitamins for eye health.

Carrots also contain lutein, a pigment that protects the eye from macular degeneration.

Keep in mind that the connection of carrots and eye health is exclusively preventive. Once you damage your eyesight, carrots will not fix it.

Protecting the skin from the sun

Eating carrots for a period of 10 weeks or more is proven to be effective in protecting of the skin from burns caused by excessive exposure to the sun. The protective effect was proved as an even greater, when the entry period of the carrots progressed.

Fresh or cooked?

It is known that most of the nutrients in vegetables are lost with cooking and that the raw food is the healthiest, but the carrot is an exception to this rule.

Studies have shown that when we eat raw carrots we are exploiting only 5% of the available antioxidant beta carotene. When it is cooked, this percentage rises up to 60%.

The largest percentage of the available beta carotene is up to 90% and is found in the carrots, which was previously mixed in a blender and then boiled.

Are there some carrots disadvantages?

1. Disadvantages of carrots (and most other fresh vegetables) are hard to find, but we found at least two.

Studies regarding the lung cancer patients have shown that the beta-carotene in carrots increases the risk of lung cancer in people who smoke cigarettes. For people who do not smoke, there are not such negative effects.

2. It should also be noted that beta-carotene from the carrots is a pigment, which in large quantities can change the color of your skin in orange, so it is important not to overdo with the intake.

If you notice that your skin gets a shade of orange, only reduce the consumption of foods that have a lot of beta-carotene and the skin will return to its normal color.

source: http://www.goodmorningcenter.com