Know Your Superfood: Carrots
What else are carrots good for other than improving your eyesight? (Hint: it contributes to healthy, glowing skin.)
Carrots are one of the more colorful vegetables around – in addition to the orange variety we usually find in markets, carrots also come in shades of red, purple, white and yellow. A root vegetable made 80% out of water, a carrot’s rich orange color is due to its high beta-carotene content.
Carrots are a rich source of anti-oxidants and have been linked to lower cancer risk. Its high beta-carotene content converts to vitamin A in the liver, providing more than twice a person’s daily dose of the vitamin which has been linked to improved vision and contributes to healthy, glowing skin. Carrots are also a natural prebiotic. Since carrots do not digest fully in the stomach, it encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines which have the ability to increase metabolic activity.
While we’re proponents of eating fresh vegetables raw, carrots are one of the few vegetables that provide more nutrition when gently cooked. We love adding carrots to our stir-fry dinner or pairing them with lightly steamed broccoli and rice. We’ve also been known to devour thick slabs of our delicious raw vegan carrot cake.
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