Vivacious Veggies: Carrots

Carrots just pulled up from the dirt with that beautiful earthy flavour, yummy. Learn the health benefits, nutritional highlights and some recipes for the super-veggie ~ CARROTS!

Harvest

Nutritional highlights per 1 cup raw chopped carrots:
– 52 calories
– 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0g total fat
– 4g (14%) dietary fibre
– 428% (daily value of) Vitamin A
– 13% (daily value of) Vitamin C
– 21% (daily value of) Vitamin K
– 9% (daily value of) Vitamin B6
– 12% (daily value of) Potassium

Health benefits of carrots:
– Helps improve and protect eye-sight
– Vitamin A promotes healthy skin and helps prevent dry skin, acne, wrinkles, blemishes and uneven skin tone
– Reduce risk of different types of cancer
– Beta-carotene helps slow down the aging of cells
– Act as great anti-septic and prevent infection
– Helps prevent heart disease and stroke
– Carrots can help keep your mouth clean by fighting plaque and prevent damage to teeth

Carrots are very tasty and can be added into salads, broiled, can be added to pretty much anything. Make sure you buy often and buy organic! Try this delicious Creamy Vegan Carrot Soup with Coconut Recipe: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/soupsstewsandchili/r/carrotcoconut.htm

Sources:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2383/2
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html
http://www.healthonlinezine.info/7-health-benefits-of-carrots-nutritional-value-of-carrot.html

Photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/zivkovic/6156008702/”>Zdenko Zivkovic</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a>

*This blog is not intended to give professional medical advice and you should always check with your healthcare practitioners before trying anything new or regularly.

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