Carrots are all-purpose vegetables well known all around the world. They can either be eaten alone or combined with other ingredients, making each dish a memorable experience. Plus, they have an excellent nutritional value for our body. Want to find out more about our star of the week?
They contain fiber, vegetable protein, carbohydrates and are about 90% water. Among the most important minerals present in this vegetable are sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine and potassium. How about the vitamins? Well, we can find pro-vitamin of Vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, vitamin C, E, carotene and folic acid. Not so bad, right? Let’s take a look at how all these elements can affect our body and how they can benefit it.
Carrots have the capacity to improve appetite and are perfect to give us back some energy during times in which we experience a decrease of it due to viruses and colds, or, in some other cases, because of sadness, anxiety or depression (reducing negative feelings at the same time!). As we have often pointed out, food is essential, but cannot substitute any medication, if prescribed by a specialist. Nevertheless, it can still be a great way to complement our healthy diet from a physiological and mental perspective.
This vegetable helps activating the tanning process, thanks to its high amount of pro-vitamin A, reducing that way the chances of sunburn. Vitamin A reinforces hair, nails and sight. Yes, it was no urban legend when we were told to eat carrots for our eyes when we were kids. This vitamin settles in the retina, hence promoting good vision and reducing the chances to develop cataracts, dry eyes or conjunctivitis.
Carrots are rich in fiber and therefore fight constipation and prevent gastric issues, such as ulcers and diarrhea. Also, they have a diuretic function that improves the disposal of toxins. On the other hand, it lowers cholesterol levels and helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia.
They are good for gums and teeth since, if eaten raw, they can reduce bleeding and avoid bacterial adherence.
From an external point of view, carrots can be really useful in skin issues such as acne, eczema, burns and, sometimes, injuries. Eating them will also treat these problems from the inside.
This ingredient is delicious raw, cooked, boiled, steamed or even blended. This week on Baking Moods we are going to prepare a soup, a banana shake and some carrot pancakes.
We hope you will like them!
Welcome to carrot week!