Carrots are available in plenty in the winter season in India. Ofcourse, it is a bunny food, but do you know how beneficial it is for you? Have you gone across it’s nutritional contents? Well, i have done that homework for you. Just go through this article, and i am sure you are going to ask for carrots every now and then..
There is a whole detailed analysis on the nutritional values of carrots on Click me to see but i can list you the important ones..
1 cup of chopped carrot will give you:
- 52.5 Calories
- 1.2 Gms of proteins
- Vitamin A – 21383 IU
- No fat
- No cholesterol
- Calcium – 42.2 mg
- Magnesium – 15.4 mg
- Potassium – 410 mg and many more..
The vitamin A is present in amazingly high content in carrots, isn’t it??
Like we got to know about the side-effects of excess of green tea in Harms of Green Tea , there may be side-effects of many more things when taken in excess!
But don’t worry, carrots don’t give that tension. You are not taking anything of harm overall !! Vitamin A is very differently received from carrots. It is different from taking Vitamin Capsules. Actually, they contain beta-carotene (an antioxidant). Mechanisms of our body converts this to Vitamin A . And our bodies are very very smart !! They actually only convert as much vitamin A as they need to, so we should not worry about facing the side-effects of excess intake of Carrots!
Some other benefits that you get, are..
- They help you avoid cancer – According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, the antioxidant beta-carotene present in carrots is thought to protect cell membranes from oxidative stress and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
- They help you lower the risk of Type-2 Diabetes – Falling under the ‘non-starchy vegetable’ heading, they are part of one of the few food groups that diabetics can safely fill up on, according to the American Diabetes Association.
- Avoid the CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) with help of carrots – A study of over 20,000 people, taking place over 10 years, found that a higher intake of deep orange fruit and vegetables, especially carrots, may protect against CHD. You can check here.
- They help to boost the immunity – It (Vitamin A from carrots) actually stimulates the production and activity of white blood cells, which play a huge role in defending the body against diseases.
- They help lower the cholesterol levels in body – A three week study that had participants eat carrots every day found that carrot consumption alters cholesterol absorption and increases antioxidant action. This means that those with high cholesterol might benefit from adding carrots to their daily diet.
University of Arkansas researchers say that cooked, pureed carrots have higher antioxidant ability than raw carrots.