Five Lesser Known Facts About Carrots

Carrots are commonly used as vegetables, for salads for cooking various preparations. Carrots are cultivated in most parts of the globe and they are indeed very healthy vegetable. Carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber all of which are essential for good health. You can eat carrots raw or cooked, this makes it an interesting vegetable. Carrots are not only healthy, but also add color to vegetable preparation and make it attractive, even for kids.ID-100290077

Carrots have sugar:

Yes, you got it right (you may be a diabetic), carrots have sugar and four types of them, sucrose, glucose, xylose and fructose, which makes them sweet to taste, even raw. But, not to worry, even if you are diabetic, carrots are very good for diabetics too. They contain sugar, but very little starch, which makes it good for diabetics too. In addition to sugar, carrots are also rich in vitamins (A, C, E, K, B-complex vitamins etc.) and minerals (manganese, calcium and potassium) and of course, lots of dietary fiber. All these make carrots excellent vegetable for all individuals, unless you are sick of the vegetable J

Carrots are richest natural food source of beta-carotene:

Beta-carotene, which is precursor of vitamin A and richest natural food source is carrot. Hence, presence of beta-carotene means vitamin A. So, we can easily say carrots are also one of the richest natural food source of vitamin A. because of presence of huge amount of beta-carotene carrots are orange or reddish in color. Vitamin A is essential for good eyesight. So, eat lots of carrots for good eyesight.

Cooking makes carrots more nutritious:

Unlike many other vegetables, cooking makes carrots better. In case of many other vegetables, cooking may reduce water soluble vitamins, but in case of carrots cooking helps in taking out beta-carotene and improve nutritional quality. Vitamin A is fat soluble vitamin and do not get destroyed or reduced by cooking. So, bake them, puree into soup, or cook carrots until soft and enjoy the taste as well as nutrition of carrots.

Carrots contain approximately 90% water:

Yes, most of the content of carrot is water. Hence, to alleviate hunger you can always chew a raw carrot. You will be taking mostly water to fill your stomach. Hence, it can be helpful ingredient for your weight loss regimen. Make best use of nutritious carrots and munch one sweet carrot when you feel hungry and it is not yet meal time.

Take baby carrots instead of chips:

Taking baby carrots instead of chips have become popular since 2010, thanks to a group of farmers, who started promoting baby carrots to replace chips as snack food and they are quite successful in their effort, as more and more people are taking baby carrots instead of chips. A healthy snack indeed.

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